Brazilian military begins operations to fight Amazon fires

Brazilian military begins operations to fight Amazon fires

September 3, 2019 100 By Kailee Schamberger


FOR US, APPRECIATE IT.>>TRANSLATOR: CAN’T UNDERSTAND HOW PEOPLE WANT TO DESTROY A CLEAN PLACE WITH FIRES. I CAN’T UNDERSTAND. AMAZON IS SO IMPORTANT FOR THE WORLD. YOU CAN’T DO THAT WITH THE AMAZON. THAT’S COMPLETELY WRONG, AND WE HAVE TO ACT. WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING QUICKLY BEFORE THE TIME ENDS. ERIC: THOSE MASSIVE FIRES ARE CONTINUING IN THE AMAZON TRIGGERING A GLOBAL CALL FOR ACTION. WORLD LEADERS DISCUSSING THAT CRISIS AT THE G7 SUMMIT IN FRANCE AS PROTESTERS IN BRAZIL TAKE TO THE STREETS. THIS COMING AFTER THE BRAZILIAN MILITARY NOW JOINING IN OPERATIONS. THE PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYING, U.S., — THE IS STANDING BY REAY TO HELP — THE U.S. IS STANDING BY READY TO HELP. HI, CHRISTINA.>>Reporter: THE BRAZILIAN MILITARY DEPLOYED TO THE AMAZON TO HELP FIGHT THOSE HUGE FIRES. IN A RARE MOVE, THE PRESIDENT AUTHORIZED THE USE OF THE COUNTRY’S ARMED FORCES TO HELP STOP THE ECOLOGICAL DISASTER. [SPEAKING IN NATIVE TONGUE]>>TRANSLATOR: THE PROTECTION OF THE FOREST IS OUR DUTY. WE ARE AWARE OF IT, AND WE ARE ACTING TO COMBAT THE ILLEGAL DEFORESTATION AS WELL AS OTHER CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES THAT PUT OUR AMAZON AT RISK.>>Reporter: AS THE FIRES RAGE, PRESIDENT TRUMP SPOKE WITH THE BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT ON FRIDAY AND TWEETED THIS: OUR FUTURE TRADE PROSPECTS ARE VERY EXCITING AND OUR RELATIONSHIP IS STRONG THE, PERHAPS STRONGER THAN EVER BEFORE. I TOLD HIM IF THE UNITED STATES CAN HELP WITH THE AMAZON RAIN FOREST FIRES, WE STAND READY TO ASSIST. THESE NASA IMAGES SHOW BRAZIL AND THE MASSIVE SMOKE PLUMES FROM THE FIRES THAT ARE SO LARGE YOU CAN SEE THEM FROM SPACE. ON EARTH THE THOUSANDS OF MILES OF SCORCHED FOREST, HUNDREDS OF BURNED TREES AND SMOKY AIR BROUGHT THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TO THE STREETS TO PROTEST IN BRAZIL AND SEVERAL OTHER COUNTRIES IN SOUTH AMERICA AND EUROPE DEMANDING THE BRAZILIAN GOVERNMENT TAKE CONCRETE ACTIONS TO STOP THE FIRES. SOME SCIENTISTS WORRY THE FIRES WILL LEAD TO A GIANT LOSS OF FOREST, BIODIVERSITY AND CONTRIBUTE TO MORE GREENHOUSE GASES. THE FIRES ALSO ESCALATING TENSIONS WITH FRANCE AND OTHER WESTERN COUNTRIES AS THE G7 SUMMIT GOT UNDERWAY IN FRANCE TODAY. [SPEAKING FRENCH]>>TRANSLATOR: THE AMAZON IS OUR COMMON GOOD. WE ARE ALL CONCERNED. WE NEED TO HELP BRAZIL AND OTHER COUNTRIES PUT DOWN THESE FIRES, BECAUSE IT IS THE TREASURE OF OUR BIODIVERSITY AND OUR CLIMATE THANKS TO OXYGEN THAT IT EMITS AND THANKS TO THE CARBON IT ABSORBS.>>Reporter: BRAZIL’S DEFENSE MINISTER SAYS ABOUT 44,000 TROOPS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR,