As we speak, the region known affectionately as the ‘lungs of the planet’ is on fire. A depository for the earth’s oxygen, the Amazon rainforest has a packet of cigarettes quite literally strapped to its lips. At first the world seemed outraged, with global panic over thousands of forest fires in the region prompting calls to boycott Brazilian products.
While the scale of the crisis has been dampened following seasonal rains across the continent, the flames are still raging. As claims and counter-claims over the cause of the phenomenon gradually died away and faded from the media cycle, the persisting nature of the crisis has slipped outside the collective consciousness of climate warriors – many of whom seem to have forgotten about the broader environmental impacts of the fire.