Tens of thousands of fires have been ravaging the Amazon Rainforest for three weeks nowand,in an apparent effort to cope, redditors are creatingmemes.
The Amazon rainforest is burning at a record rate, according to the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), which has been tracking Brazils fires since 2013. This is bad news for the fight against climate change, as the Amazon alone produces 20% of the worlds oxygen and is said to slow down global warming.
Many are pointing the blame at far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, whohas decreased environmental protections for the Amazon and the indigenous communities who inhabit it, according to the Associated Press. At the beginning of August, Bolsonaro fired the head of the federal agency that tracks deforestation in the Amazon, claiming that disclosing the rate at which the rainforest is being deforested is damaging the countrys image, according to the New York Times.
Bolsonaro also alleges thatenvironmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs) set the fires in order to make Brazil look bada claim not many are buying.Several reports claim that farmers intentionally set the fires in an effort toclear land for farming and agriculture.
Now memers are using their creations in order to bring awareness to and cope with what is not only a disaster for Brazil but the rest of the world as well.
In one of the memes, a man in an apartment attempts to put out a fire on his neighbors balcony with only a small bucket of water. He is labeled Reddit, while the fire is labeled The Amazon forest, a visualization of how little awareness redditors feel they are raising through their memes.
Another redditor claims the mainstream media focused too much on video games relationship to gun violence in the U.S.not a real problemwhile ignoring the Amazon firesa real problem.
A lot of meme creators made light of the situation by subbing out the Amazon rainforest for Jeff Bezos online empire.
In one meme, a photo of a house on fire is captioned, My amazon package arrived.
Another features a person dressed in a Spider-Man costume giving a presentation.
The presentation reads, We need to address the Amazon fire because thats where I buy all my stuff. It is captioned, Jeff Bezos must be rolling in his grave, despite the fact that Bezos is very much alive.