The United States is ready to help Brazil extinguish Amazon fires, but only if it involves cooperation with the country’s government.
On Monday, several Group 7 (G7) member countries, including Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States pledged $ 20 million to address the fire, affecting the largest rainforest in world, which plays a role in stabilizing the global climate.
“The United States is ready to support Brazil’s efforts to extinguish the Amazon fire, but (President Donald Trump’s) administration has chosen a plan that will include talks with the Brazilian Government,” National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis said on Twitter yesterday.
Earlier, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was reportedly arguing with several European leaders, notably French President Emmanuel Macron, over the country’s handling of the Amazon fire crisis.
Bolsonaro initially rejected the offer from the G7 and said he would only be willing to accept the help if Macron retracted his words of contempt for the Brazilian leader.
However, the Brazilian president changed his mind and said Brazil was ready to receive foreign aid, provided they control the cash donation.
Pope Francis on Sunday called on nations around the world to unite to extinguish wildfires in the Amazon jungle, saying the region is important for the safety of the planet.
“We are all worried about the huge fires that broke out in the Amazon”, head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State told thousands of people gathered at St. Peter’s Square to attend his weekly sermon. “Let us pray to put it out with a commitment from everyone. This lung of forests is vital to our planet.
Six states in the Amazon region in Brazil have asked the military to help fight a record number of wildfire fires, triggering international appeals because of the central role of the Amazon forest in tackling global warming which effected millions of people living in the region.
Earlier, Thousands of Brazilians took to the streets of the country’s largest city to express their dissatisfaction with leftist President Jaire Bolsonaro and his government against the backdrop of widespread fires devouring the Amazon jungle, accusing their president of “lying”.
For his part, Bolsonaro tried to ease the anger and persuade the population that the situation is under control. In figures, based on official data published by the Brazilian Institute for Space Studies.
The Canadian government will send water bombers and $ 15 million this weekend to help Brazil and Latin America fight forest fires in the Amazon.
“We can claim that the situation in the Amazon is just part of a normal cycle, but that is not exactly what is happening here,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the closing press conference of the Group of Seven meeting in France. “Our societies, our environment, our health and our world will continue to rise unless we take decisive action as part of our broader commitment to fighting climate change.”