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.
Brazilian Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo said on Saturday that the United States is not providing tangible support to fight forest fires despite President Donald Trump’s loose offer of assistance.
Neighboring Bolivia and Paraguay also faced forest fires that caused irreversible damage to wildlife, but distinct from those in Amazonia.
According to the INPE, 75,336 forest fires were recorded in the country from January to 21 August, 84% more than in the same period last year. According to an NGO collective, 54% of these Wildfires in the Amazon.