AS AMAZON BURNS, BRAZIL IS BOLSONARO TELLS REST OF WORLD NOT TO INTERFERE
23 August 2019
Amid growing international criticism over the wildfires raging through the Amazon, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday admitted farmers could be illegally setting the rainforest alight but told foreign powers not to interfere.
French President Emmanuel Macron and United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres both took to Twitter to express their concern about the fires which have reached a record number this year, devastating vast swathes of forest considered a vital bulwark against climate change.
Macron 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.
Bolsonaro responded angrily to what he regarded as meddling.
These countries that send money here, they don’t send it out of charity
They send it with the aim of interfering with our sovereignty,he said in a Facebook Live broadcast.
However, earlier on Thursday, he said that Brazil alone lacked the resources
to control the fires.
The largest rainforest in the world, the Amazon is a vital carbon store that slows down the pace of global warming.