Indigenous woman tearfully claims Amazon fire was intentional

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ICYMI, the Amazon rainforest is burning at a record rate which has left the world stunned. And while the blame for the disaster has been shifted from Brazil’s president to climate change, and even environmental activists, one indigenous woman claims that it was definitely done on purpose.

American climate change activist group ‘Sunrise Movement‘ provided a translation of the Pataxó woman’s tearful outburst which reads:

‘For 2 years we’ve fought to preserve [our reservation] & these assholes came in & burned it down.

They are killing our rivers, our sources of life, & now they have set our reserve on fire. Tomorrow we are closing the roads & I want all the media here to see this.’

 

The tribeswoman’s accusations, if proven true, will coincide with a report which suggests that the ongoing fire is an attempt to clear parts of the Amazon rainforest for cattle ranching.

Brazil’s cattle ranching, which is responsible for a significant portion of the world’s beef supply, ‘originates on land that was once Amazon rainforest and is now denuded’ says Quartz.

Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, has been accused of a lax implementation of the country’s environmental policies and nonchalant attitude towards deforestation. The approach is supposedly a part of his pro-business economic plan for Brazil.

Incidents of Amazon fires have also increased by 80% compared to 2018. Bolsonaro took office in January of this year.

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The Amazon rainforest, the largest in the world, is responsible for producing 20% of the world’s oxygen supply. It’s also considered a vital factor in slowing down the rate of global warming and climate change.