Thanks for the clarified information! Doing a little more research on this as well. I consider myself an environmentalist (I quit eating meat for environmental reasons 12 years ago) even though at this point, it’s hard to be hopeful since there’s so much apathy about this kind of thing.
Sadly, the destruction of the Amazon has been going on for decades. However, this is an unprecedented number of fires (an 85% increase from last year, so almost double, according to this BBC article) and deforestation for this July is almost 300% more than last year…
The EU is also threatening to refuse a trade deal with Brazil (front page news on the BBC), so there are some steps other countries can take.
And yes, the football field a minute statistic seems to be accurate.
Even if you can’t donate money, you can sign this petition: https://amazonwatch.org/take-action/pledge-solidarity-with-brazils-resistance
And it should be noted that the issue isn’t entirely black and white. Brazil has been in a severe economic downturn and it’s slowly coming back but many Brazilians think that they should have authority to use their natural resources in ways they see fit. We in more developed nations forget what we did to get here during the Industrial Revolution.
Basically, this is a worldwide problem that, short of immediate and drastic action from Brazil’s govt in reaction to the threat of sanctions, I think the best way forward is trying to limit our own environmental impact (buy less sh*t) and boycotting companies that do more destroy and don’t even try to do good. And vote for people that care about this stuff, too.