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Brazil rejects G7 financial aid for amazon forests

August 28, 2019

World's biggest Amazon Rain Forests has caught fire since the past four weeks. Generating 20% of the oxygen for the world, Amazon is known as the world's lungs. Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro, who has been constantly criticising international communities for stepping forward to help fight Amazon fire, is under the spotlight yet again for refusing help. Bolsonaro's government rejected the aid from G7 countries to fight the wildfire by stating that Brazil is an independent nation and is capable of handling the situation.

#AmazonFires: #Brazil will reject $20m pledged by #G7 says President after Environment Minister had welcomed the offer. Time to focus on putting out those fires : that's in the interests of Brazil & the international community-Helen Clark, Former Prime Minister of New Zealand.

At the G7 Summit, France had pledged 20 million dollars to combat the wildfire. Onyx Lorenzoni, chief of staff to Bolsonaro criticised French President Emmanuel Macron saying that he was unable to foresee the fire at the world heritage Notre-Dame Cathedral and hence he must stay away from Brazil's internal affairs.

Many people took to social media to express their shock over Brazilian government's insensitivity in handling the wildfire.

"In the G7 scheme of things, $22m to fight Amazon fires wasn't an enormous amount of money to begin with - now Brazil has thrown it back in the G7's face", tweeted Alix Kroeger.

"The Brazilian government has said it will reject an offer made of $22 million in aid from G7 countries to help tackle fires in the Amazon rainforest. They would not give a reason for rejecting the help", tweeted Roxy Lopez.

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