Alarmist? Since the ’60s I’ve heard that the Amazon rain forest is “the earth’s lungs” and supplies about 20% of the world’s oxygen. Yet all these years later, the Brazilians are burning it down like there’s no tomorrow. Which there won’t be at the rate they’re going.
Perhaps the indigenous people aren’t educated enough to appreciate the global impact of what they are doing. Or more likely, they are too poor to care. They are being paid to burn the forest to make room to grow crops and run cattle. It’s their employers who should hang.
Colorado’s one-of-a-kind 747 global supertanker, the world’s largest firefighting aircraft, is down there now, fighting the fires. I’m pleased and proud to know it is there, but given the scope of the fires and conditions on the ground, I’m not sure it will make much difference.
Alarmist? You bet I am. I rather enjoy being able to breathe every day, and I’m sure my progeny will feel the same way.