Over the last few days, Amazon - the largest rainforest in the world - experienced a record number of fires. The devastation was so extreme that it could even be seen from space.
Amazon, which is home to nearly three million species of plants and animals, has experienced forest fires so intense that it caused a blackout in the city of São Paulo - which is actually 3300 kms away.
Even though the forest fires have been going on for some time, there has been little to no media coverage on it and even Brazilian authorities are yet to take appropriate action. Consequently, people took to Twitter to express their concern over such a vital loss to the environment:
It is incredible that so many people donated to the Notre Dame Cathedral, but nobody cares about the current state of the Amazon.— _sky (@sky89676199) August 22, 2019
Nobody seems to be interested in everything that is being lost; 500 thousand hectares and 50% of the species in our world.#PrayForTheAmazon pic.twitter.com/dsd17fcowG
All this money for a building of a made up religion but nothing for the place that literally keeps up alive— iMajor🤙🏽 (@iMajorAoD) August 21, 2019
This world is disgusting#PrayForTheAmazon #AmazonRainforest #AmazonFire pic.twitter.com/O5AThZYQKD
The Amazon Forest produces more than 20 percentage the world’s oxygen and is home to more than half of the world’s species of plants, animals and insects. It has been burning for 3 weeks and we have just found out about it! 😿 #PrayForTheAmazon #AmazonFire pic.twitter.com/3CPykQt3ns— Shekhar 🇮🇳 (@Shekhar_O7) August 22, 2019
millions cried and raise money when a building caught fire but the Amazon is burning and suddenly people don't give a shit. Every news station should be reporting this! it's heartbreaking look at it!! Come on people!! #AmazonFire #PrayforAmazonas pic.twitter.com/skNvfUxHkl— Syed Shahmeer Ali (@SyedShahmeerPTI) August 22, 2019
Terrifying to think that Amazon, the largest rain forest on the planet that creates 20% of the earth's oxygen, has been on fire and is burning fort the last 16 days continuously.— Nausheen Khan (@DrNausheenKhan) August 22, 2019
They are literally the lungs of the world. Stand with Amazon. Pray for Amazon.#Brazil #AmazonFire pic.twitter.com/2erIjjIyyw
Amazon is on fire for 2 weeks. It’s smoke has caused a blackout in São Paulo & giant plumes can be seen from space. This year 72,000 fires have been reported, the highest number ever recorded. Amazon rainforest produces 20%+ of earth’s Oxygen.🔥🔥🔥#PrayforAmazonas #AmazonFire pic.twitter.com/jfJgolzBrs— Danyal Gilani (@DanyalGilani) August 22, 2019
If you won’t be mad just looking at these photos, I don’t know what are you! This world is fucked up!! What did you do these poor animals?!!🤬🤬🤬#PrayforAmazonas #AmazonFire #PrayForTheAmazon ctto pic.twitter.com/zfXyUAPNXv— Abby Cubilla-Padilla (@belleame1225) August 22, 2019
The Amazon Rainforest in particular is known as 'the Lungs of the World' because it sucks up global emissions of carbon dioxide, and about 20% of earth's oxygen is produced by the Amazonia.— Raksha Ramaiah 🇮🇳 (@RakshaRamaiah) August 22, 2019
And now its burning due to man's greed and nature’s fury. #AmazonFire #PrayfortheAmazon pic.twitter.com/0thpZHPsiZ
Amazon is literally the 'lungs of Earth', and it is imperative that appropriate measures are taken, and soon.