We are all super concerned about the Amazon, right? I explain the problem and why the best thing you can do is stop eating meat.
We are all offended and upset with Jair Bolsonaro and with the Brazilians who voted for him, right? But the speech and the bellowing in social networks, so that they see us, does not have much impact in real life. Especially when the Amazon is burning for a particular issue: livestock.
I think we are at a point where this discussion became inevitable and, no matter how many semantic recesses we want to look for, so as not to feel uncomfortable or questioned, it is time to face it: meat is an unsustainable luxury.
The Amazon, the largest rainforest in the world, loses huge amounts of forest each year due to deforestation, mainly driven by two industries: livestock and monoculture.
However, of the two, the most destructive is the first, because most of the monocultures, which in the Amazon are made of soybeans or corn, are destined to the production of livestock feed. Yes, the same cattle that are raised in what were once virgin forests and are now grasslands.
In the 1990s, the rainforest absorbed 2 billion tons of CO2, but today its capture capacity has been reduced to less than half.
In 2018, more than 5,000 square kilometers were razed. Aha: for the production of beef cattle. And the problem has worsened since the arrival of Jair Bolsonaro to power (thank you very much, evangelical voters, do you see what you achieve?) (It had to be said and was said).
In July 2019, 1,287 square kilometers were logged, 66% more than in July 2018. Deforestation in Brazil increased by 40% in the last twelve months thanks to the government's environmental policies, which are lax and permissive with the timber industries and livestock.
Recent research published by the New York Times shows that enforcement actions, such as fines and warnings against loggers, ranchers and miners operating illegally in the Amazon, have dropped by 20% since the Jair Bolsonaro administration took power in January. .
But little was done before, little is done now, and possibly little will be done later. why? Because everyone wants comfort to be sacrificed by the other and surely 99% of those who watch this video will continue to eat meat tomorrow, a product that, even if it is outside the Amazon, contributes 14% of global greenhouse gases.
Are we going to pose for social media or are we definitely going to do something?
Here is the video if you want to see it