Macron calls for ending "Ecocide" in Amazon, Bolsonaro's Inaction Sparks Worldwide Protest
August 24 , 2019
French President Emmanuel Macron said that the Amazonian rainforest needs better management and the “ecocide” that is currently going on in the Amazon must end. Macron’s remark comes just before the G7 summit, which is going to start in the weekend. In a discussion with a French news website, Macron said: “The Amazon is burning and this is an issue that concerns the entire world because it is a source of biodiversity”. While criticizing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s inaction in saving the rainforest, the French President called the fires “an international crisis” as the Amazonian rainforests are the lungs of the planet earth. He asserted to mobilize world leaders to raise finance for reforesting the burnt down rainforest. Meanwhile, the Brazilian government’s inaction in saving the Amazon has triggered widespread protest as demonstrators gathered outside Brazilian embassies world over. After intense pressure from European leaders (especially France and Ireland), Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro issued a decree authorizing the deployment of the army to help tackle Amazon fires.