Brazilian Crisis: Deforestation

by Jennifer Garcia

In Brazil’s Amazon forests, there remain some of the only uncontacted tribes left in the world. However, the ongoing deforestation created by Brazilian militias to make way for cattle ranching and economic prosperity has become a threat to the tribes’ survival due to their reliance on the isolation of the forest and its resources. Additionally, their isolation gives them a lack of natural immunity to diseases that outsiders carry. Instituto Socioambiental, a Brazilian advocacy group, had already recorded 4,600 acres of deforestation this year alone. Brazil is currently facing deadly land conflicts in an effort to resolve the issue between preserving the tribes’ rights and progressing economically.

Brazil receives much of its environmental funding from Norway, who has contributed $1.1 billion yearly. However, Norway warns this money will soon be cut if the rate of this environmental destruction is not slowed down. The importance of the Amazon forest is significant, as it consists of 390 billion trees and collectively absorbs 1.5 gigatons of carbon dioxide a year. Brazilian President Michel Temer visited Oslo, Norway to discuss the issues surrounding the Amazon, where was greeted with environmental protestors and indigenous rights advocates upon arrival.

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