AMAZON FIRES: 'OUR HOUSE IS BURNING', MACRON WARNS AHEAD OF G7
23 August 2019
French President Emmanuel Macron has said the record number of fires in the Amazon rainforest is an "international crisis" that needs to be on the top of the agenda at the G7 summit.
"Our house is burning," he tweeted.
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro responded by accusing Mr Macron of using the issue for "political gain".
He said calls to discuss the fires at the G7 summit, which Brazil is not
participating in, evoke "a misplaced colonialist mindset".
Satellite data published by the National Institute for Space Research has
shown an increase of 85% this year in fires across Brazil, most of them in the Amazon region.
Conservationists have blamed Mr Bolsonaro's government for the Amazon's plight, saying that he has encouraged loggers and farmers to clear the land.