Amazon rainforest in Brazil are on fire

ClimateActionPk is a coalition of student groups and civil society groups responsible for organizing the first Climate Strike in Pakistan on 20 September.

The Amazon rainforest in Brazil are the lungs of the earth. They are on fire. However, there is arson behind the 84% increase in terrible forest fires there just this year. This range of human-induced forest fires have no precedent in the past 20,000 years.

ClimateActionPk condemns the global capitalist and consumerist economy that treats the Amazon as a resource to extract benefits in support of unsustainable habits and lifestyle. In particular, ClimateActionPk condemns the beef industry in Brazil for slashing and burning forests to create grounds to rear cattle. Climate Action PK echoes the words of Elaine Brum, “this Bolsonarism … is not a threat just to Brazil but to our planet, because it destroys a forest that is strategically vital to controlling global heating.”

“this … is not a threat just to Brazil but to our planet, because it destroys a forest that is strategically vital to controlling global heating.”

Elaine Brum

ClimateActionPk condemns the Government of President Jair Bolsonaro, under whose tenure forest clearances have shot up. This action is not only a crime against the earth – ecocide – and humanity, it is a declaration of war against the indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest. ClimateActionPk stands in solidarity with the indigenous peoples of Brazil and the Amazon rainforest in their struggle against the destruction of their home and habitat.

ClimateActionPk calls upon the Government of Pakistan to join the rising chorus of global condemnation of President Jair Bolsonaro. Pakistan should sponsor a resolution condemning this ecocide and genocide in the Amazon rainforest before the UN General Assembly at its Annual Session next month.

ClimateActionPk is convinced that these policies, unless rectified to address the climate crisis, will result in Pakistan soon being accused of ecocide just as Brazil stands accused today.

ClimateActionPk points out the glaciers of the Hindu Kush, Karakoram and Himalayan mountain ranges – the third largest collection of fresh water on the earth – are another global ecological asset, and that these are under considerable threat of extinction due to the climate crisis and unprecedented global warming. The present security, foreign, trade and communication policies of Pakistan threaten this fragile ecosystem. ClimateActionPk is convinced that these policies, unless rectified to address the climate crisis, will result in Pakistan soon being accused of ecocide just as Brazil stands accused today.

Amazon rainforest in Brazil are on fire

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