Fed up with inaction? Worried you can’t make a difference? Let’s write to our MPs and get them to take action for us!
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The only way the catastrophic fires raging in the Amazon can be tackled is through a diplomatic effort applying pressure on Brazil’s government where it matters to them.
We also need to send direct support to help tackle those fires especially since Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, claims he has only 40 people available to fight the fires (https://news.sky.com/story/amazon-wildfires-president-jair-bolsonaro-says-brazil-has-just-40-men-to-fight-widespread-chaos-11791386).
Please, feel free to copy and paste my letter below and send it to your MP and MEP (yes, they can take action too and the EU parliament is in an even better position to apply pressure on Brazil!). Go to https://www.writetothem.com to look up and email them:
Dear (insert name of your MP/MEP),
The fires currently destroying an unprecedented amount of rain forest in the Amazon has released more CO2 than the entire UK energy industry in 2018!
“By August 20, the fires had already spewed out around 23 million tonnes of CO2 – more than in any previous August going back to 2003. For comparison, in 2018 [the entire UK energy industry](https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/790626/2018-provisional-emissions-statistics-report.pdf) pumped 98 million tonnes of CO2 – or its equivalent – into the atmosphere.” (https://www.wired.co.uk/article/amazon-rainforest-on-fire)
It is time to apply political and diplomatic pressure onto the government of Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro and provide emergency assistance to tackle the fires themselves urgently.
These fires are not a domestic issue concerning only Brazil and impact negatively on all people on this small speck of dust we call home.
I call on you to raise this issue urgently in parliament and publicly in the media to make sure as much pressure is applied urgently.