World leaders pledge to save the Amazon
It’s Monday, August 26, and as the Amazon burns, world leaders step up.
Leaders from G7 countries — a group of the world’s richest economies — met in beachy Biarritz, France, this past weekend. One of the main topics of conversation: the burning Amazon rainforest.
On Monday, President Emmanuel Macron of France announced that the G7 had agreed to an immediate aid package of at least $20 million to help Amazon countries fight the blazes, primarily through buying fire-fighting planes. The G7 also reached an agreement with the countries of the Amazon basin for a long-term program for forest protection and the reforestation of cleared lands.
“Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rainforest — the lungs of our planet […] — is on fire. It is an international crisis,” Macron tweeted. Indeed, the Amazon rainforest, the world’s largest, has been burning at the highest rate since at least 2013.
Not every world leader was so effusive about the G7 getting involved. Surprise surprise, President Trump skipped out on talks about climate change and the Amazon. And Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro was none too pleased about the announcement, saying Macron’s proposed alliance to save the Amazon treated his country “as if we were a colony or no man’s land.”
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