Brazil Experiencing Record-Setting Amazon Fires Under Socialist Lula

Authorities overseeing the Brazilian Amazon recorded nearly 3,000 fires in February, setting a new record for the South American country, according to data released by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE).

according to According to the institute, 2,924 fires were recorded in February as of the closing date of Tuesday, February 26, up from 2,049 registered in January. February’s data set a new record for rainforest fires since rainforest clearing began in 1999.

The February 2024 record shows a staggering 298% increase. INPE recorded 734 fires in February 2023. According to local mediaBrazil’s Ministry of the Environment has not yet officially commented on the report as of press time.

The dramatic increase in forest fires occurred outside the rainforest’s dry season, which is expected to last from July to October and peak in August. During this time, forest vegetation is more flammable, and low humidity in the air can make fires spread more easily and more difficult to extinguish.

Expert I felt stressed He told local media in Brazil that forests rarely start their own fires, and that most fires are linked to criminal human actions. Most often, fires are used to open new areas for grazing.

Roraima state was the area hardest hit by February’s record fires. Smoke covered parts of Roraima’s capital, Boavista, and reportedly spread over state highway RR-206.

Brazil’s Minister of the Environment Marina Silva, Minister of Justice Ricardo Lewandowski, and Minister of Indigenous Peoples Sonia Guajajara are scheduled to visit Boavista soon to open a space to coordinate actions on Yanomami indigenous lands. The fires had a severe impact on Yanomami communities.

Brazil’s radical leftist president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who began his third term in January 2023, has made conservation of the Amazon rainforest one of his main promises in the 2022 presidential election, surpassing his predecessor Jair.・The Bolsonaro administration was accused of encouraging the destruction. of the rainforest.

Brazil’s then-elect President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (JOSEPH) speaks during a debate on the Amazon forest at the COP27 climate conference in Egypt’s Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh on November 16, 2022. EID/AFP, Getty Images).

As a result of his pledge, Lula received vocal support from prominent figures on the international left, including actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo. Actors have spent a lot of time in 2021 campaign in progress Bolsonaro urged U.S. President Joe Biden not to engage in environmental cooperation with the Bolsonaro administration.

In 2019, international figures including French President Emmanuel Macron spearheaded a different policy. motion In response to Bolsonaro, he shared old photos of forest fires in the Amazon rainforest and photos taken elsewhere, accusing his policies of creating a forest emergency. The campaign has caused tensions between Bolsonaro and Macron. The former Brazilian president said in his speech at the 74th United Nations General Assembly in September 2019: Asked United Nations member states supported Brazil in its fight against “colonialist” President Macron and condemned pressure from European countries that violates the South American nation’s sovereignty.

Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images).

Mark Ruffalo to go public in 2023 I lamented His “hero” Lula claims he hasn’t done enough to protect the Amazon rainforest, but at the time of writing he still hasn’t heard about the new record-breaking forest fire report released by INPE. No comments.

President Joe Biden has pledged $500 million to Brazil’s Amazon Fund, but Lula chose Do not invite him to the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) summit in August 2023.

Christian K. Caruso is a Venezuelan writer who chronicles life under socialism. You can follow him on Twitter here.