The United Nations is calling for the protection of the Amazon amid fears that thousands of fires raging across Brazil and some parts of Bolivia are rapidly destroying the world’s largest rainforest and paving the way for a climate catastrophe.
The fires have spread a vast plume of smoke across South America and the Atlantic Ocean that’s visible from space. They’re unprecedented in recorded history, and environmentalists say most of the fires were deliberately set by illegal miners and cattle ranchers.
Indigenous people in Brazil have accused far-right President Jair Bolsonaro of encouraging the destruction.
Bolsonaro has worked to deregulate and open up the Amazon for agribusiness, logging and mining since he came into office in January.
Democracy Now! speaks with Andrew Miller, advocacy director at Amazon Watch.
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