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Amazon wildfires are an “international crisis”, says Macron ahead of G7

Macron urges world leaders to discuss Amazon wildfire at G7 summit
Macron urges world leaders to discuss Amazon wildfire at G7 summit

France’s President Emmanuel Macron has called the Amazon wildfires an “international crisis” and enjoined world leaders to discuss the issue at the G7 summit.

Ahead of the much-anticipated G7 summit, France’s President Emmanuel Macron responded to the Amazon wildfire crisis and said that “our houses are burning”. “The Amazon rain forest – the lungs which produces 20% of our planet’s oxygen – is on fire. It is an international crisis,” he added.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau re-tweeted Macron’s post and averred, ““I couldn’t agree more. We did lots of work to protect the environment at the G7 last year in Charlevoix, and we need to continue this weekend. We need to act for the Amazon and act for our planet — our kids and grandkids are counting on us.”

Meanwhile, Brazil’s President Jain Bolsonaro responded to Macron’s statement and said, “I regret that president Macron seeks to take advantage of what is a domestic Brazilian issue and of other Amazonian countries for personal political gain.”

In another tweet, Bolsonaro said, ‘“The French president’s suggestion that Amazonian matters be discussed at the G7 without the involvement of countries of the region recalls the colonialist mindset that is unacceptable in the 21st century.”

Brazil’s foreign minister Ernesto Araújo also criticized the ““savage and unfair” against Bolsonaro’s government. Araújo asserted that international pressure against Brazil has mounted “because President Bolsonaro’s government is rebuilding Brazil.” “The ‘environmental crisis’ appears to be the last weapon left in the arsenal of leftist lies to smother this fact,” he further said.

Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research had earlier revealed that the country has suffered more than 72,000 fires this year. Specialists believe that the sharp rise in deforestation has been one of the reasons of the environmental disaster.

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