With deforestation on the rise, scientists are sounding the alarm about an impending ecological disaster.
The planet’s most biodiverse region is under threat and its destruction will have dire consequences for the entire planet, according to scientists and environmentalists.
Deforestation has accelerated over the past few years, and at one point, the Amazon was losing the equivalent of three soccer fields every minute, according to a report based on satellite imagery. Critics have blamed Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s policy for the increased threat to the rainforest, and in recent months have launched a campaign to hold him criminally responsible for the destruction of the Amazon.
“The fact is that our president sees no value in the forest, and the people of the forest or in nature itself,” said Brazilian agriculturist Luis Fernando Guedes Pinto.
This week on Front, Marc Lamont Hill talks to Leila Salazar-López, executive director at Amazon Watch, and Luis Fernando Guedes Pinto, professor at the Institute for Ecological Research (IPÊ) and senior associate of Ashoka.