“The Amazon, a fortress for life on Earth, is burning nearly twice as fast as last year. All parties must come together to stop the setting of these devastating fires.
“These fires are threatening the livelihoods of all Amazonian people - indigenous and non-indigenous, urban and rural; destroying the world’s greatest home for wild species of plants and animals; and reducing the forests which store and sequester carbon and help curtail our planet’s climate crisis. The increase in fire frequency is extremely troubling. The Amazon is the largest intact tropical forest in the world. It produces about 20 percent of the planet's pure air and this increase in the rate of its loss has global impacts.