Brazil Rejects G7’s Offer Of $22m To Tackle Amazon Fire

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The Brazilian government has rejected aid worth $22 million offered by G7 countries to help tackle the Amazon rainforest fire.

Emmanuel Macron, French President, who hosted a summit of the seven most developed countries of the world, which ended on Monday, had said the amount would be released.

But Brazilian ministers say the money is not needed, and accuse foreign powers of wanting control of the Amazon.

Satellite information showed that fires in the Amazon are burning at record levels.

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Brazil president’s chief of staff, Onyx Lorenzoni, commenting on the gesture of the G7, told Globo news website:

“Thanks, but maybe those resources are more relevant to reforest Europe.

“Macron cannot even avoid a predictable fire in a church that is part of the world’s heritage, and he wants to give us lessons for our country?” Mr Lorenzoni added, in a reference to the fire that hit Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris in April.

Foreign Minister, Ernesto Araujo, said there are arrangements already under the auspices of the UN climate convention to fight deforestation.

“Efforts of some political currents to extrapolate real environmental issues into a fabricated ‘crisis’ as a pretext for introducing mechanisms for external control of the Amazon are very evident,” he said in a tweet.

Bolsonaro had insinuated previously that his government lacked the resources to fight the record number of fire in the popular rainforest.

Greenpeace France has described the G7’s response to the crisis as “inadequate given the urgency and magnitude of this environmental disaster”.

Actor Leonardo Dicarprio, on Monday, pledged $5 million towards helping to put out the fire.

 

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