Monday, August 26, 2019

IX The Wonder of Nature

IX The Rains Came

In the Amazon, there were times when I felt as if I was witnessing nature in all her majesty. Such an occasion came when we were on the river. It was late in the afternoon when a storm gathered on the horizon.

Quickly we could see the rain coming across the way.

The skies darkened across the jungle.

Then we watched the rain as it came down the river.

Soon it over took us.

And, as quickly, it had passed.

As an aside, since I returned from Brazil, I am often asked about the fires in the Amazon. Did we see them? Was there smoke?  And my answers are: Luckily, we did not see any smoke or fires. The fires are predominantly in the southern part of the basin and we were traveling in the northern portion. 

However, this all brings 2 things to the forefront. 1- a huge natural area such as the Amazon Basin is necessary for our survival on this planet, and 2 - as stewards of this planet, it is our responsibility to care for such a fragile ecosystem, especially given the Amazon provides 20% of our oxygen. (A fact I doubt most people knew until the news coverage of the fires.)

But the appalling truth is - this fire disaster is totally man made given the new regime in Brazil wants to open the Amazon up for mining and logging and the inhabitants think their only survival is clear cutting the land for crops. This is a self inflicted wound, possibly COPD for the Earth or worse - suffocation. 

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