WHY ARE THEY HAPPENING?
Forest fires have always had an important role in nature, clearing out the deadwood and decomposing foliage, thus providing space and nutrients for new trees and plants to grow. However, the unprecedented frequency with which they are currently happening is causing immense damage and disrupting nature's delicately-balanced ecosystems.
This is because the majority of wildfires are now being caused by humans and the consequences of human actions, rather than nature itself. Global warming is a key factor here, with this July being the hottest month ever recorded on the planet. The increase in temperature has led to droughts, water shortages, and vast areas of dry forest land - the perfect conditions for forest fires. Forests that were once lush and teeming with life have been transformed into volatile tinderboxes, where just one little spark can lead to a ferocious fire raging for days, or even weeks.
This is where human carelessness comes into play. It’s predicted that nowadays only 10 - 15% of wildfires are started by natural reasons, which leaves humans responsible for the other 85 - 90%. The causes range from sheer thoughtlessness e.g. leaving a campfire unattended or flicking away a lit cigarette butt, to farmers deliberately starting fires to clear land for cattle or crops or other intentional acts of arson. Whatever the specific circumstances, the results are clear: fundamentally humans are once again causing widespread destruction of the planet due to carelessness, convenience, selfishness or greed.
⚠ THIS IS AN EMERGENCY ⚠ In this video, you can see the smoke traveling across Brazil. The smoke could be seen and felt by people in urban areas of the country, but this is something that people who live near the Amazon and depend on it for their survival have been going through for years. Companies and the government must stop putting short-term profits over the lives of people and the planet. Head to the link in our bio to demand companies stop forest destruction. Credit: @copernicusecmwf #ForestsAreLife #Amazon #AmazonRainforest #SaveTheAmazon #Greenpeace #Forest #ClimateChange #ClimateCrisis #ClimateEmergency #nature #environment #forests