The Amazon Rainforest is on fire

The Amazon Rainforest is on fire

22 Aug 2019

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Social media is in a state of panic after finding out that the world's largest eco-system has been lit on fire for the past three weeks.

And to add to all that, Brazil experienced darkness during the day on Monday, after massive plumes of smoke from the fire covered the cities.

Upon hearing the unfortunate news, people on Twitter were shocked that no media outlets covered the incident until just recently, and many are enraged over the fact that this is given less attention compared to the Notre Dame catching fire.

Many people are commenting on how unbothered everyone seems to be that the lungs of our planet is literally dying, with one user saying: "When Notre Dame was burning, the world's media covered every moment of it and billionaires rushed to restore it. Right now the Amazon is burning, the lungs of our planet. It has been burning for three weeks now. No media coverage. No billionaires."

For those who you who can't grasp how big of a deal this is, here's a few facts about the Amazon Rainforest that you may not know:

The Amazon provides 20% of the Earth's oxygen supply.
Covering over 5.5 million square kilometres, this rainforest can literally fit UK and Ireland 17 times!
Because the canopy (the top branches and leaves of the trees) is so thick, the forest floor is in permanent darkness.
The ecosystem in the Amazon is impressive, with around 40,000 plant species, 1300 bird species, and 430 different mammals.

So yeah, losing this ranforest in a fire will mean an increased rate of global warming on Earth.

This is a serious wake up call.