Q. professor, but if Dorian’s images in the Bahamas are terrifying, the situation in the Amazon is even worse with forest fires, what is happening to the planet’s main green lung?
A. We are so used to seeing natural disasters that we have already become insensitive, so nothing surprises us and no matter how serious the situation may be, humanity seems normal. There is no doubt that we are approaching the end time and if we do not believe it, climate change will awaken us in the midst of the nightmare never imagined.
Do you know what the disappearance of the Amazon, the world’s largest forest mass, can mean, with a quarter of all plant species on the planet and a similar amount of known animals. But the most significant fact at the moment is this: Amazon forests, with more than 7 million square kilometers of surface area, annually capture, remove or clean more than 10 billion tons of CO2.
This means that the very existence of this ecosystem guarantees the survival of 25% of all plants known and classified by the sciences and 25% of all animals so far inventoried in the accounting or stock of life left to the Earth.
But what’s more, it seems that the underdeveloped nations find it easier to use the garbage atmosphere than to invest a few little bits to put filters into the chimneys of their industries and avoid the millions and millions of tons of CO2 that are placed every year in the first 10 kilometers of the mass of air that surrounds the Earth.
It happens that the Amazon itself removes virtually all the CO2 that China places annually in the atmosphere, or what the United States or Japan and the other nations that follow it do. This ecosystem is like the thermostat that regulates the temperature of our Big House, nature.
The fires in the Amazon are so extensive that no one knows what damage has been caused so far to the largest warehouse of planetary biodiversity. In the last month (August), up to 100 new incendiary spots per day could be counted, distributed interchangeably on this immense carpet of trees.
When it’s all over, who will we blame for our misfortune or the extinction of life on Earth?