The REAL Reason Why The Media Isn’t Talking About The Amazon Rainforest
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The REAL Reason Why The Media Isn’t Talking About The Amazon Rainforest


Hello my friends and welcome back to InformOverload,
the channel that looks to keep the news fun and entertaining while also informing you
about what’s going on in our wonderful world. I’m your host Jarred Bronstein, and today,
we’re going to be talking about why the mainstream media hasn’t been talking about
what’s happening in the Amazon Rainforest. But before we jump into it, be sure to subscribe
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so you can see some fun behind the scenes stuff, and stick around until the end of the
video where I’ll reply to some of my favourite comments from a previous video. If you guys haven’t seen our other Amazon
Rainforest videos, be sure to check those out so you have a much better understanding
of what’s going on. But in a short summary, the Amazon Rainforest
has been burning for about 3 weeks now. It’s not uncommon for this to happen, but
the rate at which it’s burning has become quite alarming. What’s more, Brazil’s President, Jair
(ZJA EAR) Bolsonaro encouraged the fires in the first place, by allowing farmers to burn
their land to clear it for harvesting and farming. Although this is a normal practice, it’s
technically illegal, and now that the fires have gotten out of hand, it seems not only
has President Bolsonaro has discredited statistics, but he doesn’t seem too concerned. When shown the data that there’s been an
80% increase in fires in the country this year alone, not only did he dismiss it saying
it’s just the time of year that the wildfires happen, but he was also quoted saying  “I
used to be called Captain Chainsaw. Now I am Nero, setting the Amazon aflame.” Although Brazil’s President doesn’t seem
too worried, people all over the world have been tweeting out information and statistics
about the importance of preserving the Amazon Rainforest. These statistics include that 20% of the Earth’s
oxygen comes from it, many different plants and venoms from snakes, which are only found
in the amazon, can be used medicinally, and that the Amazon Rainforest is vital in slowing
down climate change. But if this is really such a catastrophic
event, why isn’t there much mainstream media coverage ? Well, since the hashtags Pray for
Amazonia and Pray For The Amazon have started trending on twitter, the likes of CNN, BBC
and USA Today picked up on the story. 3 weeks late. But why? Well there’s a few reasons, one of them
being President Donald Trump. Now let me clarify something here before I
go any further. I’m not attacking the president, nor do
my political beliefs matter. I’m simply going to state why I think media
hasn’t covered this story, and then give reasoning, supported by facts, to back what
I’m about to say. So President Trump has stated in the past
that he believes “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese
in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” He has, more recently, admitted he’s skeptical
about climate change, but doesn’t seem completely sold on it. So what does this have to do with Brazil and
the wildfires in the Amazon Rainforest? Well, the Amazon Rainforest is considered
the World’s lungs, providing it with 20% of it’s Oxygen. It’s also been reported by the World Wildlife
Fund, or the WWF, that if the Amazon Rainforest were to completely burn down, it would start
emitting carbon instead of being a source of oxygen, which would just increase the rate
at which climate change is happening. To tie it all together, many major news outlets
such as Fox, and The Wall Street Journal haven’t covered the story at all, and as recent as
just a couple days ago, the likes of CNN, Guardian, and BBC covered the story for the
first time. And here’s why, it doesn’t fit with Trump’s
agenda. He’s known to not care much for climate
change, so why would a conservative, pro-Trump outlet, such as Fox News, cover a story that
Trump doesn’t necessarily agree or have an issue with ? Aside from this, Trump has
been trying to strengthen the US’ relationship with Brazil, so why would he want to call
out Brazil’s President ? It would be a bad look. Especially for two conservatively run governments. But then why has it taken so long for other
media outlets, such as CNN, BBC and Guardian to report on the story? Well as sad as it is, I genuinely believe
it’s a matter of if it doesn’t hit home, it’s not of importance. What do I mean by that? Let’s use the example of the California
Wildfires. Any news station you turned on, was covering
it. Celebrities were tweeting out that they had
to evacuate their homes, and fundraisers were made to help the people of California. Of course, when something affects you directly,
you’re going to act immediately. But just because the fires are happening on
the other side of the world, doesn’t mean it won’t affect us in the long run. Truthfully, we should want to help those in
need because that’s human nature. But if that’s not enough, the destruction
of the Amazon Rainforest, as previously mentioned, would just lead to climate change happening
at an accelerated rate. Now I understand why US news outlets wouldn’t
cover local news in Brazil, but when it comes to a catastrophic event, like the Amazon Rainforest
burning at the rate of an entire soccer field and a half, every minute of every day, well
I think it should be covered. Unfortunately, we live in a country where
what the Kardashians are doing, and how much the best athlete in a league is getting paid
is more important than real issues, such as these fires. Another reason it may not be getting much
coverage, is because this is a normal occurrence. There are wildfires every year. But they don’t seem to spread as rapidly
as they’re currently spreading. So maybe that’s why some news outlets are
just now starting to cover the story. They didn’t realize it was going to be as
big of an issue as it’s turned into. But now that it’s gotten to a point of emergency,
I think it’s time for the world to come together, raise awareness and do their part
in helping those in need of help. As always I’d love to hear your thoughts
on this situation in the comments down below. I’m already prepared to be attacked because
of my Trump comments, which is fine. I don’t really see what I said that would
offend someone, but I look forward to having a conversation with you guys in the comment
section down below. Or just having people call me names and not
conversing. Which is fine too. But on a lighter note, let’s respond to
some comments from our updated video on the Amazon Rainforest Candace C said This breaks my heart all those
poor animals losing their homes, dying. Rough said Imagine all the endangered species
that have not been discovered yet just die Dylan Lack said I haven’t really seen it on
aus news. I could be wrong but haven’t seen a peep on
local news. Like/subscribe

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