The increase in fires burning in Brazil set off a storm of international outrage last week. Celebrities, environmentalists, and political leaders blame Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, for destroying the world’s largest rainforest, the Amazon, which they say is the “lungs of the world.” These celebrities also shared photos on their social media to raise the awareness of the amazon fire.
And yet the photos weren’t actually of the fires and many weren’t even of the Amazon. Some celebrities shared photos from Montana, India, and Sweden.
One of the world’s leading Amazon forest experts also said that amazon being lungs of the world is bullshit. “There’s no science behind that. The Amazon produces a lot of oxygen but it uses the same amount of oxygen through respiration so it’s a wash.” He said.
Also One of Brazil’s leading environmental journalists agrees that media coverage of the fires has been misleading. He said “It was under Lula (2003-2008) that Brazil had the highest incidence of burning,But Lula was not accused of putting the Amazon at risk.”