The Amazon Rainforest, which is the largest tropical rainforest in the world, is still on fire, and amidst the growing criticism over the fire, the President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, told foreign countries to interfere.
On Thursday, President Bolsonaro admitted that farmers could be illegally setting the rainforest on fire.
Often called the lungs of the earth, the Amazon Rainforest has been fire on fire for over 3 weeks now, and it has caused a debate on who people should blame.
Earlier this week, Emmanuel Macron, the President of France, called the wildfires an international crisis.
President Macron tweeted, “Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rain forest — the lungs which produces 20% of our planet’s oxygen — is on fire.”
President Bolsonaro replied to the tweet of President Macron, Bolsonaro said, “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.”
Earlier this week, President Bolsonaro said non-governmental organizations could be the held responsible for setting the Amazon on fire. He said this without handing out any proof of evidence.
A day after he made the bold claims, President Bolsonaro said farmers could be held responsible for the fire in Amazon.
President Bolsonaro has repeatedly said during his campaign that the country should open the Amazon Rainforest for business interests such as logging, agricultural, and mining.
60 percent of the Amazon Rainforest falls in Brazil.