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G7 Leaders Agree On $20 Million To Rescue The Amazon--Without Trump

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So serious, in fact, the United Nations is calling for imminent measures to protect it.

U.N. Secretary-General Ant├│nio Guterres tweeted:

"In the midst of the global climate crisis, we cannot afford more damage to a major source of oxygen and biodiversity. The Amazon must be protected."

G-7 leaders currently gathered in Biarritz, France have agreed to an immediate $20 million aid package to assist in combatting the wildfires, and to initiate a global endeavor to better protect it.

Conspicuously absent from the participating nations' talks was Donald Trump.

When asked about whether he planned on attending, Trump responded, "We're having it in a little while."

The meeting had already taken place, though.

French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed Trump was absent, but stated in attendance were some members of Trump's entourage, who later complained to reporters that Macron wished to embarrass Trump by making the summit focus on "niche issues" such as climate change or gender equality.

Last week, The National Institute for Space Research, Brazil's space research center, released data demonstrating wildfires increased 83 percent since last year.

In under nine months, the Amazon experienced 72,843 fires.

Jair Bolsonaro vowed in January to clear the Amazon for farming and mining.

In addition, leaked documents show Balsonaro intends to target enough hate speech toward minorities, specifically indigenous Amazonian tribes, the Brazilian people will turn against them and support the government's destruction of the rainforest.

As reported in Common Dreams:

"Part of the government's strategy of circumventing this globalist campaign is to depreciate the relevance and voices of minorities that live in the region, transforming them into enemies."

Perhaps Trump's absences from meetings about the Amazon fires have less to do with his denial of climate change and more to do with his fondness for Jair Bolsonaro.

We know by now that flattery is Donald Trump's Achilles' heel.

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