If you've been following the Conscious Living Facebook page, you may have seen a post regarding the lawsuit against the Trump administration including 29 states and major cities, but I'm taking a BRIEF pause on that blog post to let you know, Brazil's Amazon rainforest is on fire. Did you know? Chances are you're hearing about it around the same time as me because news and media outlets haven't seemed to be giving it coverage, but that' a conversation for another day.
It was speculated that the blackout in São Paulo, a Brazilian city, on Monday was due to strong winds which brought the smoke from the forest fires burning in the states of Amazonas and Rondonia to the area. Though some meteorologists are speculating that the blackout was due to other major fires burning in Paraguay. Sao Paulo is approximately 1,700 miles away from the Amazon forest fires. Visual images of the smoke from these fires have been picked up by NASA space.
If you're wondering why this is so important, look no further than these statements from BBC that lay it out quite simply:
"The largest rainforest in the world, the Amazon is a vital carbon store that slows down the pace of global warming. It is also home to about three million species of plants and animals, and one million indigenous people."
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All my love, for a world that stays green,
Information and photos for this post were taken from NASA.gov, @AndreTheSolo on Twitter, globalnews.ca, and BBC.com.
Please note: After doing some research, many photos that I have seen going around various social media platforms are photos that were taken years ago, perhaps in the same region, but from different points in time. Please continue to do your research about what you share and update me with any changes or corrections to this post you may find. I do believe it is important for visual representation about exactly what is going on, but I chose to leave out the graphic documentation.
Jamie is a musician, avid lover of nature, and a dog momma living a more sustainable life each and every day.