The global outcry about the lack of action to help the Amazon prompted Trudeau to donate $15 million to save the rainforest and it also includes “sharing and sending down water bombers that are so significantly needed.”
Amazon forest fires were indeed a wake-up call for climate change as it has been burning for more than two weeks straight. Since the beginning of this year, there have been 74,000 fires in the Brazilian Amazon, which is, sadly, a staggering 84% increase over the same period last year.
With people clamoring to tackle climate change and bring Amazon back to its natural beauty, many leaders have come forward to help save the 'lungs of the earth' from being destroyed any further. One among them is Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who has pledged his country's support to help extinguish the raging Amazon fires.
"People around the world are shocked and devastated to see the Amazon engulfed in flames," he said during the conclusion of the G7 Summit in France, as reported by CNN.
"We could pretend that the situation in the Amazon is just part of a natural cycle but that's not exactly what's going on here," Trudeau added. "The toll of human activity and extreme weather events on our communities, our environment, our health, and our world will continue to climb unless we take decisive action."
We cannot stand by and do nothing while our planet burns. Canada is stepping up with our G7 partners to #ActForTheAmazon by offering water bombers to fight the fires and funding for emergency response & reforestation. https://t.co/to3Tf7j0xz— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) August 26, 2019
The global outcry about the lack of action to help the Amazon prompted Trudeau to donate $15 million to save the rainforest and also include “sharing and sending down water bombers that are so significantly needed.” Trudeau added, "We believe that climate change is a real and existential threat to our planet and that's why as a country and as a government we have moved forward unequivocally in leadership on climate change."
Today Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says French President Macron must retract comments he found offensive 'then we can speak' about the G7's offer of aid.— ~Marietta (@MariettaDaviz) August 28, 2019
Really? Make up already & get these wildfires under control in the Amazon!#AmazonRainforest pic.twitter.com/1hlWQ6FOBy
The raging wildfires at the Amazon rainforest could not have come at a possibly worse time with the Earth already reeling from climate change, pollution, global warming, and other detrimental environmental factors. Amazon, which is the world's largest rainforest, has been burning at its highest rate since 2013. The rainforests are considered extremely pivotal to slow down global warming and it is our responsibility to raise awareness of what is happening.
According to Brazil's National Institute for Space Research, it is said that the Earth had lost more than one-and-a-half soccer fields rainforest every minute of every day.
Many leaders and celebrities have come forward to help save the rainforests and bring it back to its natural beauty. One among them is Hollywood star and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio who donated $5 million through his foundation to help preserve the Amazon. The environmental organization Earth Alliance was started by Leonardo along with his philanthropic friends, Laurene Powell Jobs, and Brian Sheth.
Leonardo DiCaprio donated $5 million to preserve the Amazon rainforest pic.twitter.com/rQR42JRN9N— NowThis (@nowthisnews) August 28, 2019
Earth Alliance, which was started in July, is donating the huge sum to five Brazil organizations that worked tirelessly to battle the wildfire. The organizations are Instituto Associacao Floresta Protegida (Kayapo), Coordination of the Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (COIAB), Instituto Kabu (Kayapo), Instituto Raoni (Kayapo) and Instituto Socioambiental (ISA).