Deforestation fires are still burning the Amazon

Deforestation fires are still burning the Amazon

Taylor Manes

Deforestation fires are burning the Amazon Rainforest. The fires, which sparked on Aug. 24, are used to fertilize soil to create better conditions for farming and clear land for cattle farming. They have also destroyed the lives of the indigenous population that call the Amazon home. 

The Amazon homes hundreds of living species. From flora to fauna, it is packed with different life forms. Also, the Amazon alone removes up to two billion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year. The Amazon is efficient at recycling water too. Plants and animals have made the Amazon their home. The Amazon brings life to those big and small because it is one of the largest producers of oxygen. It is now on track to reach the tipping point. This tipping point is where it is too late, when the once lush rainforest turns into a dry brittle savanna. 

Species are at risk of being added to the endangered species list or possibly extinct because of these fires. The fires are also destroying the river habitats. There are approximately 3,000 fish species that are now at risk.

Social media has been one of the biggest advocates for the Amazon. It allows those around the world to get involved in what is happening and spread the word about the fires. This also was used to shine a light on those who donated in hopes of stopping these fires.