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As the Amazon Burns, Will World Leaders Respond?

By Jessie Palatucci, August 23, 2019


The Amazon is burning. Fires are blazing at record rates through the carbon-rich rain forest, known as the “lungs of the earth.”

The impacts of these fires will be felt and seen immediately in Brazil, but their effects will extend far beyond the Amazon region. Few things underscore the interconnected nature of our humanity more.

World leaders and young activists are paving the way. The U.S. Congress must join the global community in developing fair and effective policies to address climate change.

Globally our forests absorb 2.3 billion metric tons of carbon per year. The Amazon alone holds a quarter of that. As the rainforest is further impacted by changing weather patterns and deforestation, its ability to function as a carbon sink is reduced. Without it, our power to address climate change is greatly diminished.

On August 25, world leaders will gather in France for the 45th G7 summit. Today, French President Emmanuel Macron urged his fellow leaders to place the massive fires at the top of their agenda. At the same time, young people around the world are busy organizing global climate strikes and a week of action (September 20-27) to demand action and climate justice for all.

World leaders and young activists are paving the way. The U.S. Congress must join the global community in developing fair and effective policies to address climate change. The movement for change is building. We know that the climate crisis can only be solved if we work together.

Background Carbon Pricing as a Solution to Climate Change 

FCNL believes that carbon pricing is one of many essential tools that Congress should use to address climate change and shift towards a clean energy economy. While we have not endorsed any particular bill at this time, we are supportive overall of the efforts from both parties to advance carbon pricing legislation. We hope that the below resources will help our network advocate for just climate policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote equitable communities.

Jessie Palatucci

  • Senior Digital Communications Manager

Jessie Palatucci manages FCNL’s digital advocacy program and web communications. She writes extensively for FCNL’s digital publications and communicates with advocates throughout the U.S.