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UK NewsSpreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon

18:31  23 august  2019
18:31  23 august  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Amazon fires: Brazil's president accuses world leaders of 'interfering'

Amazon fires: Brazil's president accuses world leaders of 'interfering' Brazil's president has accused other countries of interfering as they express fears for the burning Amazon rainforest. The number of forest fires in Brazil - more than 74,000 - has increased by 83% compared with the same period last year, with smoke that is visible from 400 miles up in space. World leaders are increasingly worried about the situation, as the Amazon - described as the world's lungs - is a vital absorber of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Media captionPresident Bolsonaro accuses NGOs of starting Amazon wildfires . Brazil's Amazon rainforest has seen a record number of fires this year, new space agency data suggests. The largest rainforest in the world , the Amazon is a vital carbon store that slows down the pace of global warming.

The image that was shared around the world was horrifically dystopian. The Amazon Rainforest, thousands of miles from many of us and populated by indigenous, often uncontacted communities As the Brazilian government turned its back on stopping deforestation and the fires spread further, a

Thousands of protesters have turned up outside Brazilian embassies throughout the world today to demand President Jair Bolsonaro does more to end the fires that are ravaging the Amazon.

Demonstrators gathered outside consulates and blocked off roads, shouting slogans and holding placards, in London, Geneva, Paris, Madrid, Milan and Berlin, amid the worst fires on record.

The demonstrations come as Europe's leaders rounded on Bolsonaro today for his environmental policies, with French President Emmanuel Macron accusing the Brazilian leader of lying at the G20 Summit in Osaka in June.

Anti-Bolsonaro protesters chanted outside the Brazilian Embassy in Paris carrying placards with messages such as 'Bolsonaro Out!' ('Fora Bolsonaro').

Cristiano Ronaldo urges Amazon awareness

Cristiano Ronaldo urges Amazon awareness Cristiano Ronaldo has called for greater protection of the Amazon in the wake of the recent wildfires ripping through the rainforest. The number of fires has increased dramatically in recent months, destroying huge areas of the forest, predominantly in Brazil. The Juventus forward said on twitter: The Amazon Rainforest produces more than 20% of the world’s oxygen and its been burning for the past 3 weeks. It’s our responsibility to help to save our planet. #prayforamazonia." The Amazon, the largest rainforest on the planet, has seen fires increase 83% in the last year, having a devastating effect on an area that plays a vital role in the earth’s ecosystem.

The image that was shared around the world was horrifically dystopian. As the Brazilian government turned its back on stopping deforestation and the fires spread further, a group To help them, look into the work of Amazon Frontlines. They’re an activist group fighting to stop oil drilling

Bolsonaro has said he's thinking about opening up a highway through the Amazon and barring environmental nongovernmental organizations like Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund from the country, The As Brazil has raced to keep pace with demand for more beef and soybean production

Meanwhile, the Extinction Rebellion group, renowned for recent action in London, gathered outside the consulate in the British capital calling on Bolsonaro to protect the Amazon rainforest.

The dispute between Bolsonaro and Macron erupted last night over Twitter, with Macron claiming an urgent meeting of the G7 was required and Bolsonaro lashing Macron for his 'colonialist mindset.'

Bolsonaro was further backed into a corner today as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said they would not back an EU free trade deal with the South American Mercosur bloc until Bolsonaro brought the infernos under control.

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Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon

Macron tweeted last night: 'Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rain forest - the lungs which produces 20% of our planet's oxygen - is on fire.' He accompanied the post with a stock photo of fires from February 2018.

Amid global pressure, Brazil's Bolsonaro looks to send army to fight Amazon fires

Amid global pressure, Brazil's Bolsonaro looks to send army to fight Amazon fires Amid global pressure, Brazil's Bolsonaro looks to send army to fight Amazon fires

The number of forest fires in Brazil - more than 74,000 - has increased by 83% compared with the same period last year, with smoke that is World leaders are increasingly worried about the situation, as the Amazon - described as the world 's lungs - is a vital Thousands of fires ravage the Amazon .

Bolsonaro has pledged policies to boost the economy but fears remain over the future of the Amazon and the Bolsonaro has vowed that no more indigenous reserves will be demarcated and existing reserves will be opened LGBT campaigners say Brazilian president ’s comments risk inciting hatred.

Bolsonaro fired back his own tweet, saying: 'I regret that Macron seeks to make personal political gains in an internal matter for Brazil and other Amazonian countries. The sensationalist tone he used does nothing to solve the problem ...

'The French President's suggestion that Amazonian issues be discussed at the G7 without the participation of the countries of the region evokes a misplaced colonialist mindset in the 21st century.'

A French presidential official said today: 'Given the attitude of Brazil over the last weeks, the president can only conclude that President Bolsonaro lied to him at the Osaka summit.'

He explained that Bolsonaro's policies showed he did not intend to respect obligations on climate change and also did not want to commit on concrete proposals.

Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon

'Under these conditions, France will oppose the Mercosur (Free Trade Agreement with the EU) as it stands,' the official added.

PM Boris Johnson 'deeply concerned' as fires continue to devastate Amazon

PM Boris Johnson 'deeply concerned' as fires continue to devastate Amazon Boris Johnson has vowed to use the gathering of major world leaders this weekend to "call for a renewed focus on protecting nature" following the record number of fires in the Amazon rainforest. © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd Downing Street confirmed the Prime Minister backed French President Emmanuel Macron's push for the situation in the Amazon to be on the agenda when G7 leaders come together in Biarritz tomorrow.

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Today German Chancellor Angela Merkel backed Macron's calls for an international meeting, saying the Amazon's wildfires were an 'acute emergency' which belonged on the G7 agenda.

Amid the growing international pressure a Brazilian army general said the military stood ready to protect its rainforest from foreign invasion.

'To the unwary who insist on safeguarding the purposes of the Brazilian Amazon, make no mistake, soldiers will always be alert and vigilant, ready to defend and repel any kind of threat', Edson Leal Pujol, head of the armed forces. said in a speech during a Soldier's Day ceremony in Brasilia.

Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon

Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar announced today Dublin would stand with Macron in blocking the EU trade deal with Mercosur unless Bolsonaro got a grip on the infernos.

Macron spearheads pressure on Bolsonaro over Amazon fires

Macron spearheads pressure on Bolsonaro over Amazon fires France's Emmanuel Macron led a growing wave of international pressure on Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro over the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest Friday, telling him Paris would block efforts to seal a major trade deal. The issue will be high on the agenda when global leaders meet for the G7 summit Saturday in the French resort of Biarritz, where they are also set to tackle global trade wars and the Iran nuclear standoff. Just days before hosting the summit, Macron called for urgent talks on the "international crisis" in the world's largest rainforest, saying leaders would hammer out "concrete measures" to tackle it.

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'There is no way that Ireland will vote for the EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement if Brazil does not honour its environmental commitments,' he said.

Onyx Lorenzoni, the president's chief of staff, accused European countries of exaggerating environmental problems in Brazil in order to disrupt its commercial interests on Thursday.

'There is deforestation in Brazil, yes, but not at the rate and level that they say,' said Lorenzoni, according to the Brazilian news website globo.com.

In the last eight days more than 9,500 fires have ripped through Brazil's dense rainforest and activists claim most of them will have been set by men working in the jungle, clearing land for cattle and logging.

Despite Bolsonaro's claims that uncontrollable blazes are frequent during the 'queimada', the annual slash-and-burn, experts say an 84% increase on last year cannot be attributed to the dry season alone.

Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon

Last week local media reported that a 'fire day' had been declared by farmers in Para as a direct response to Bolsonaro.

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But forests around the world are under threat, jeopardizing these benefits. The threats manifest themselves in the form of deforestation and forest degradation. Deforestation is a particular concern in tropical rain forests because these forests are home to much of the world ’s biodiversity.

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Brasil de Fato reported the organiser said: 'We need to show the president that we want to work and the only way is to knock it down. And to form and clear our pastures, it is with fire.'

Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE) said the country has seen a record number of wildfires this year, counting 74,155 as of Tuesday. Bolsonaro took office on Jan. 1.

The news comes as leaked documents purported to show Bolsonaro had plans to deliberately isolate indigenous people in the jungle and build hydroelectric plants which will devastate an area the size of Greater Manchester.

One leaked Power Point slide says: 'Development projects must be implemented on the Amazon basin to integrate it into the rest of the national territory in order to fight off international pressure for the implementation of the so-called 'Triple A' project.

Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon

'To do this, it is necessary to build the Trombetas River hydroelectric plant, the Óbidos bridge over the Amazon River, and the implementation of the BR-163 highway to the border with Suriname.'

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Several NGOs back the Triple A (Andes-Amazon-Atlantic) project, which aims to restore and maintain the ecosystem which flourishes around the Amazon rainforest.

The leaked documents claim that Brazil is being put under threat by globalist forces which would seek to encourage indigenous people to rise up against the government.

His administration announced on Wednesday it would forge ahead with plans for two new hydroelectric dams which will cause flooding across vast swathes of the rainforest.

In a list of new projects was the Bem Querer plant in Roraima and the Tabajara plant in Rondonia. Neither of the projects has environmental licensing, and the Bem Querer proposal also poses risks to indigenous lands.

They would cause the destruction and flooding of 152,711 acres of rainforest, according to Estadao, around the same size as Greater Manchester.

Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon

Bolsonaro's spat with Macron comes after Germany and Norway, citing Brazil's apparent lack of commitment to fighting deforestation, decided to withhold more than $60 million in funds earmarked for sustainability projects in Brazilian forests.

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The debate came as Brazilian federal experts reported a record number of wildfires across the country this year, up 84 percent over the same period in 2018.

Satellite images show smoke from the Amazon reaching across the Latin American continent to the Atlantic coast and Sao Paulo, Brazil's biggest city, according to the World Meteorological Organization.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres tweeted: 'In the midst of the global climate crisis, we cannot afford more damage to a major source of oxygen and biodiversity. The Amazon must be protected.'

Federal prosecutors in Brazil's Amazon region launched investigations of increasing deforestation, according to local media. Prosecutors said they plan to probe possible negligence by the national government in the enforcement of environmental codes.

Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon

Bolivia is also struggling to contain big fires, many believed to have been set by farmers clearing land for cultivation.

Bolsonaro said there was a 'very strong' indication that some non-governmental groups could be setting blazes in retaliation for losing state funds under his administration. He did not provide any evidence.

Bolsonaro, who won election last year, also accused media organizations of exploiting the fires to undermine his government.

'Most of the media wants Brazil to end up like Venezuela,' he said, referring to political and economic turbulence in the neighboring South American country.

London-based Amnesty International blamed the Brazilian government for the fires, which have escalated international concern over the vast rainforest that is a major absorber of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

The rights group this year documented illegal land invasions and arson attacks near indigenous territories in the Amazon, including Rondonia state, where many fires are raging, said Kumi Naidoo, Amnesty's secretary general.

'Instead of spreading outrageous lies or denying the scale of deforestation taking place, we urge the president to take immediate action to halt the progress of these fires,' Naidoo said.

The WWF conservation group also challenged Bolsonaro's allegations about NGOs, saying they divert 'the focus of attention from what really matters: the well-being of nature and the people of the Amazon.'

Brazil contains about 60 percent of the Amazon rainforest, whose degradation could have severe consequences for global climate and rainfall. Bolsonaro, who has said he wants to convert land for cattle pastures and soybean farms, won office after channeling outrage over the corruption scandals of the former government.

Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon
Spreading like wildfire: Protesters demonstrate outside Brazilian embassies around the world to demand President Bolsonaro does more to stop fires that are ravaging the Amazon

Filipe Martins, an adviser to Bolsonaro, said on Twitter that the Brazilian government is committed to fighting illegal deforestation and that many other countries are causing environmental damage.

The Amazon will be saved by Brazil and not 'the empty, hysterical and misleading rhetoric of the mainstream media, transnational bureaucrats and NGOs,' Martins said.

Sergio Bergman, Argentina's environment minister, appealed for people to overcome political or ideological divisions to protect the environment. He spoke at a five-day U.N. workshop on climate change in Brazil's northern state of Bahia.

'We all, in a way, understand that it is not possible to keep using natural resources without limits,' Bergman said.

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Amazon Wildfires: G7 Leaders Agree $20m Relief Package – But Trump Was Absent.
The leaders of the group of seven nations have agreed to provide $20 million in emergency help to stop the Amazon forest fires, President Emmanuel Macron of France said on Monday. “The reality is that for the emergency aid they especially need financing because they don’t have the funds to enable planes, fire-fighting planes to take-off,” a source told Reuters, confirming the $20 million figure (about £16 million). President Donald Trump was absent from the talks on climate change and biodiversity at a G7 leaders’ summit, with host Macron explaining that he was busy holding bilateral meetings.

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