Greetings citizens of the world. This is an important message from Anonymous.
The amazon rainforest in Brazil is burning, but this is nothing new, this is simply the consequences of how our species does business. This earth is like a strange oasis in the desert of space, a rare place where life can actually exist and flourish, but in our ignorance, we threaten to destroy it.
There is evidence all around us to show that human behavior on this planet is causing significant deforestation and loss of species. We are also poisoning the very food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. There are very few places on earth that are left untarnished by the destructive behavior of humans, and until the last few generations, the Amazon rainforest was one of those places.
The industrial age brought much colonialism and exploitation to the region, as the rainforest was seen as fair game to a variety of loggers, miners, cattle ranchers and poachers. Over time, this tragedy of the commons began to slowly destroy the sacred forest, causing early environmentalists and native tribes to fight for protections of the natural habitat. Surprisingly, these efforts actually made a significant impact, and the Amazon was starting to regrow. However, in the past several years, the government of Brazil has begun allowing corporations to re-enter formerly protected areas to strip them of their valuable natural resources.
This problem in Brazil has become even worse with the election of the far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro has not been secretive about his intentions to destroy the Amazon, sadly, this is why he was elected. As with many South American countries, Brazil is currently in the middle of an economic crisis, but this is largely due to corruption and the fact that the government has had a long-standing policy of selling out the country’s resources to western corporations and investors.
Ironically enough, this is exactly what Bolsonaro is proposing as a solution to the economic crisis. He wants to stimulate the economy by re-opening protected areas of the Amazon to be sold off to the highest bidder, which will inevitably be corporations that are going to destroy the ecosystem.
However, this was not so easy for Bolsonaro, as the Amazon is still inhabited by numerous tribes who have a claim on the land because they have lived there for generations.
Last month, the Ecuadorian indigenous community of Waorani won a landmark lawsuit against three government bodies for putting their territory up for sale in an international oil auction. The ruling indicates that the government took advantage of the Waorani people and used legal loopholes to sell land that belonged to the tribe. The unprecedented ruling immediately suspends any possibility of selling the community’s land for oil exploration.
Still, it does not seem that these legal decisions carry much weight, just as the signed treaties and legal promises made to the native Americans carried little weight. Even before the recent outbreak of extreme fires, the Brazilian government has been allowing corporations to terrorize Amazonian tribes for the purposes of pushing them off of their land.
Also, last month, gold miners invaded an Amazonian village in Brazil and killed its leader, sending the entire community to flee in horror. This act of colonialism was allowed and even encouraged by the Brazilian government, who sees the Amazonian natives as second class citizens who are a barrier to progress.
As the native tribes fight to protect their homes, scientists within the government have been voicing concerns about the condition of the amazon under the new administration. In the past year alone, the region has seen an 80% increase in deforestation. Ricardo Galvão, the director of Brazil’s National Space and Research Institute, was fired from his position after calling attention to Bolsonaro’s role in the deforestation.
For all of these reasons, the global community has become very suspicious that these fires were set intentionally on behalf of the Brazilian government and their allied corporations. This may sound like a wild conspiracy, but it is being widely reported, even in the mainstream news, that these fires are intentionally set for the purpose of clearing space for cattle ranching, which is an important industry to the administration of Bolsonaro. This would make perfect sense considering that there are so many different fires spread out in different areas, which would indicate that they are controlled.
If this is true, we will find the truth, and we will expose those responsible for this destruction!
We are Anonymous!
We are Legion!
We do not forgive!
We do not forget!