save the amazon
August 26, 2019

Countries at the G7 summit have just reached an agreement to help fight the devastating fires in the Amazon rainforest.

French President Emmanuel Macron and Chilean President Sebastián Piñera on Monday said that the Group of Seven leaders have agreed to a $20 million fund for helping Amazon countries fight the wildfires there, as well as to start a global initiative for protecting the rainforest, The Associated Press reports.

Macron had previously teased that a deal to provide "technical and financial help" to Brazil was forthcoming, having called the fires an "international crisis." Environmentalists and researchers have said cattle ranchers and loggers are behind most of the fires, thousands of which have broken out this month.

Macron acknowledged on Monday morning that President Trump did not attend the G7 climate meeting that took place prior to this announcement, AP reports, but he said that the United States supports the agreement. Macron also said per CNN that Trump's team was in attendance. Brendan Morrow

August 26, 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday said leaders at the Group of Seven summit are close to reaching a deal that provides Brazil with "technical and financial help" to fight the fires devastating the Amazon rainforest.

The Amazon is the world's largest rainforest, and produces about 20 percent of the planet's oxygen. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who campaigned on a promise to open the Amazon up for mining, logging, and other businesses, was slow to react, and environmentalists and researchers say cattle ranchers and loggers, emboldened by Bolsonaro's rhetoric, are behind most of the fires. On Friday, Bolsonaro finally said the military would fight the blazes, and told world leaders to let him deal with the crisis on his own.

Last week, Macron said the fires are an "international crisis," and on Sunday, Pope Francis said they are worrisome, and he wants people to "pray so that with the commitment of all, they can be put out soon. That lung of forests is vital for our planet." Catherine Garcia

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