When Notre Dame burned, the whole world took notice. Little children cried. Donations of millions flowed in from wealthy donors. Working people pledged their savings to rebuild their cherished landmark.
The Amazon is an unrivaled gold mine of biodiversity. It has been called the lungs of the world for its capacity to absorb greenhouse gases. It is at a tipping point. Clear cutting causes loss of moisture that leads to the fires we are seeing. If more forest is lost to clear cutting and fires, the process will feed on itself and the forest will be lost.