Brazil’s Bolsonaro says he will accept aid to fight Amazon fires

A day after Brazil rejected aid from G-7 countries to fight wildfires in the Amazon, the Brazilian leader has said Tuesday that his government will accept all foreign aid from organizations or countries — as long as it can decide how to use the assistance. President Jair Bolsonaro originally said he would only accept help if French President Emmanuel Macron apologized to him personally for perceived insults first.

“Brazilian sovereignty is not negotiable,” said Bolsonaro’s spokesperson, according to the Reuters news agency. The president also said dialog with France isn’t off the table.Politics and feelings aside, forest fires have charred and continue to char the Amazon in Brazil. Just over half of the blazes have hit the massive Amazon basin, which regulates part of Earth’s carbon cycle and climate.
The crisis is fueling concerns that further damage from the fires could disrupt global weather patterns. CBS News correspondent Manuel Bojorquez reported about 15% of the Earth’s fresh water is in the Amazon. There’s so much moisture, scientists say it actually helps cool the entire planet.Amazon tribe warns future of the rainforest could be in jeopardy as fires burn
With the fires burning a lot of that away, there’s fear it could eventually cause irreversible damage to the world’s climate. It is estimated that more than 3,500 square miles of Amazon forest have been scorched by fire this year. That’s an area about the size of Yellowstone National Park.G-7 countries made the $20 million aid offer to fight the blazes at the Biarritz G-7 summit hosted by Macron, who insisted they should be discussed as a top priority.”We appreciate (the offer), but maybe those resources are more relevant to reforest Europe,” Onyx Lorenzoni, chief of staff to President Jair Bolsonaro, told the G1 news website.What you can do to help the burning Amazon rainforest”Macron cannot even avoid a foreseeable fire in a church that is a world heritage site,” he added, referring to the fire in April that devastated the Notre-Dame cathedral. “What does he intend to teach our country?” Brazilian environment Minister Ricardo Salles had earlier told reporters they had welcomed the G-7 funding to fight the fires that have swept across 2.3 million acres and prompted the deployment of the army. But after a meeting between Bolsonaro and his ministers, the Brazilian government changed course.Personal spat, global crisis”Brazil is a democratic, free nation that never had colonialist and imperialist practices, as perhaps is the objective of the Frenchman Macron,” Lorenzoni said.