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Action, not outcry will save the Amazon

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Earth's green lung is burning. The Amazon rainforest, which produces roughly one-fifth of the world's oxygen, is experiencing fires at a rate we haven't seen for years. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been the focus of the international criticism. His aggressive rhetoric has emboldened people to pick up arms, start fires and generally take the law into their own hands. He peddles conspiracy theories, sacks reputable scholars when he dislikes their research, and takes offense to other nations commenting on Brazilian affairs.

This criticism is justified, but is Bolsonaro's rhetoric really a surprise? What else should we expect from a far-right populist like him? The more tensions rise and outrage increases, the more reluctant the Brazilian government grows to engage in dialogue. This cannot be in the interest of the global community.

What does the rest of the world want to do besides express outrage and share tweets with the hashtag #PrayForTheAmazon?

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