While the Amazon Rainforest finally managed to attract the otherwise ignorant world’s attention, thanks to social media uproar caused by people around the world, Chiquitano forest in the neighbouring Bolivia is also burning. By Kumar Shree
On one hand, the Amazon Rainforest fire has the entire world concerned about the consequences of it, and on the other hand, the Chiquitano forest in Amazon’s neighbouring Bolivia is also on fire. The slash-and-burn farming practices popular in the region is attributed as the reason of this fire and it has destroyed around a million hectare of forest, something that the scientists claim, would take more than two hundred years to reverse.
The Chiquitano forest is one of the most biologically diverse dry forests in the world, and a varied range of endemic flora and fauna call it home. Around 500 of these species are now under extreme risk because of the fire. The fire has put the already water-stressed area, because of its prone nature to hard droughts, in an even complicated spot, where many people are facing life crisis because of the hindered accessibility to water.
Greenpeace, a non-governmental environmental organisation has highlighted that the forest fires will accelerate serious environmental consequences because of the increased greenhouse emissions not only for the concerned region, but the entire planet as well; the signs of which have already started showing, as the pollution levels in the region shot up to almost twice in the past week.
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The Amazon Rainforest has been burning for three weeks. This is not a natural process. The lungs of the Earth are being engulfed by smoke all the while releasing MORE CO2 into the atmosphere. This forest has been a church for millions of years longer than some church in Paris and the death toll of this fire is already incalculable. Let’s stop feeding in to our anthropocentric values and start advocating for the types of things that benefit the planet we live on. Where’s the media coverage? We are running out of time. #AmazonRainforest #FightForYourWorld #Deforestation #ClimateCrisis #Rainforest #Amazon Photos by @mohsinkazmitakespictures @iamnickrose
The President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, initially spoke against seeking international help, but later borrowed a Boeing 747, known as the ‘supertanker’ from United States to combat the fire. The Chiquitano forest fire and the Amazon rainforest fire are alarming for if we do not pay attention and take measure when there’s still time at hand, it would prove catastrophic for the entire humankind.