Will Ignorance Ultimately Kill Our Planet?
Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, among other politicians are slow to aid Earth’s cry for help and people are becoming angry.
In the 1800’s, the curiosity of human produced gases, such as CO2 being able to collect in the Earth’s atmosphere and insulate us provoked many experiments. By the time it was the late 1950’s, rising CO2 readings began to foreshadow the future of a vastly climate-changing world. It is now 2019 and urgency is striking us to take action against our world being cooked. Though there is activism to push the idea of slowing the global warming process, many politicians (of all countries) refuse to agree with science and take action.
Take Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro for example. The Amazon Rainforest fires have hit an 80% increase in this alone. Many might ask, “Why does it matter if the Amazon is burning?” The answer: The Amazon regulates the Earth’s oxygen and is commonly known as the carbon sink, meaning that it absorbs large amounts of carbon dioxide which is actively destroying our atmosphere. After the refusal of $22 million from the members of G7 to help extinguish the fires, Bolsonaro dulled his image even more, not only to the citizens of Brazil, but to the entire world. Many environmentalists say that a bulk of wildfires were set by cattle ranchers and loggers to utilize the bare land under Bolsonaro’s instruction. It is understandable that the Brazilian government wants to assist their people into better lives and provide more resources, but killing a planet’s ecosystem is not the way to go about it. Though Bolsonaro has sent 2,500 troops to combat the fires, he continues to literally fuel them. When the worries over the Amazon rose and the leaders of European countries began to criticize Bolsonaro’s policies, he refuted that “the Amazon is Brazil’s, not yours.” This shows that it all comes down to money and how Bolsonsaro wants Brazil to increase their economic power by profiting off the suffocating lung of the Earth. Unfortunately, many other politicians follow in these footsteps.
The youth continues to protest as global warming is becoming a more serious issue each day. The anxiety of saving the planet has now turned into anger towards those who have the power to do so, but refuse to do their part. Money seems to be their main motivation rather than a generation who is being handed down this beautiful planet. They should consider the question, “how will you make money when there won’t be a world to make money in anymore?”
While a set of politicians recline in their expensive office chairs, we can do our part by taking part in protests and reducing our carbon footprint. Find inspiration in Greta Thunberg who is a young teenager who is angry about the conditions of the future environment. Next time there is a rally or an awareness event, take part in making all of our voices heard to demand permanent changes in the global economy. To those who still do not partake in these activities, it’s time to quit being ignorant and apathetic. Everyday, species become more endangered because of human made gases and a poor job of keeping our planet clean. Endangering species and allowing trees to burn to ashes changes the ecosystem which in turn affects us. What is more important, the bragging rights of a country’s economy or the future of a bright generation?