Will One Man’s Decision Threaten Our Lives?
By: Madison W.
It may seem crazy, but one man’s decision may threaten our lives. This man is President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil. Commonly known, Brazil’s most recognizable land feature is the Amazon Rainforest. The Amazon Rainforest is the largest rainforest in the world. It is known as the “lungs” of the planet because it soaks up massive amounts of carbon dioxide and releases oxygen that helps us breathe. Also, it has helped us slow down the effects of global warming on our planet.
However, President Bolsonaro calls global warming nothing more than “greenhouse fables” and plans to cut down large swaths of the rainforest to boost the economy. These plans include developing mining areas, soy farms, and cattle ranches. He also wants to throw indigenous Brazilians out, even though they are the only ones who know how to take care of the Amazon properly.
How, people might ask? First, he is going to eliminate conversation groups, such as IMBA (The Brazilian Ministry of the Environments Administrative Arm) and the Amazon Watch. Without any conservation groups, there would be no one to protect the rainforest. If he demolishes conservation groups, he then has the power to cut down the rainforest as much as he wants.
Will President Bolsonaro commit to his plans? Will his actions threaten people’s lives? Only time will tell what the Brazilian president is going to do.