Burning through oxygen: Colossal damages to the Amazon Rainforest

Illustration by Olivia Lehmann

The abundance of beautiful trees, the calming sound of running water, the unique animals roaming around all over and the different cultures of people throughout: the Amazon Rainforest is the world's largest tropical rainforest, with fascinating scenery. But all of that is being torn away with the recent devastating fire.

The Amazon is without a doubt one of the most important parts of our world. According to Express Newsthe fires were blamed to have started because of major deforestation. It was also said that farmers would use a method of fires to clear specific pieces of land, which was also another potential cause. Weeks went by before the fire got the appropriate attention it needed, and it seemed many didn’t care to act to stop this tragedy. No one knows exactly when the fire started, and sadly it was still ablaze after weeks.

Why wasn’t this incident able to have as much publicity as it deserved? Our most valuable source of oxygen, a habitat for wildlife, and a home to many different cultures isn’t getting the attention needed to stop it and help it.

“People would’ve taken it to the extreme, making it seem like it was the end of the world, even though it is a big deal,” junior Will Snyder said.

Why wouldn’t such a tragic event get the amount of attention as the burning of the Notre Dame or global warming? When the Notre Dame tragedy occured many government and world leaders sent their condolences according to News. They also seemed to state that the entire world was just in disbelief, and many platforms of social media also showed there sympathy for this incident.

“People need to spread the word about the issue and realize that this could really hurt our world someday”sophomore Isabella Williams said.

In an article by CNN Newsit stated that the Brazilian government denied millions that would have been able to help aid in the recovery of the rainforest. But soon after the offer was denied, it was said that Chile's President Sebastian Pinera had announced a new two step process. Many other countries still continued to try and aid with money.

“Since we live in Ohio, there was probably nothing we could have done aside from sending money” science teacher Stuart Wagner said.

The hot topic of thought is definitely what long-term effects are going to be involved because of these outrageous fires. In an article by NPR News, the only major effect to be worried about global warming is speeding up. Many do consider the Amazon as the cooling system for not only South America, but for our entire planet. With a large amount of the rainforest burning, such effects as how well air energy is able to move freely and well through the planet and how drastic our climate could change.

“The rainforest has many species that can’t live anywhere else due to the specialized climate present there. Many parts of the climate will not be able to recover from a fire, so we are looking at the complete loss of several unique microbiomes” Wagner said.

Now that the fires are coming to an end and the exact size and scale will never be known, it’s less about what people didn’t do to help this time around and more about what they are going to do the next time something this terrible happens again.

An attempt was made to interview AP Environmental teacher Jessica Timmons, but unfortunately it was declined.


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