22.3 C
Byron Shire
April 14, 2021

Local Brazilians call residents to action over Amazon fires with Sunday protest

Latest News

Red Cross offers additional bushfire grants

Australian Red Cross is opening a final round of support grants for people affected by the bushfires who are suffering extreme financial hardship.

Other News

Local sailor triumphs in blustery Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race

Local sailor Craig Watson battled near gale-force winds on Coopers to have one of his best ever Brisbane to Gladstone yacht races claiming fourth place in line honours.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 14 April, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 14 April, 2021

Red Cross offers additional bushfire grants

Australian Red Cross is opening a final round of support grants for people affected by the bushfires who are suffering extreme financial hardship.

Council crews working hard to repair potholes

Tweed Shire Council road maintenance crews are out across the Tweed's road network repairing potholes and other damage caused by the recent prolonged rainfall and previous flood events.

Lens on Lennox photo competition is open

Entries are now open for the Lennox Head Lions Club's annual photographic competition, on the theme of 'Lennox Head, Then and Now'.

Armed robberies in Northern Rivers

Police have been investigating two armed robberies this week, one in Byron Bay and one in Lismore.

Paul Bibby

Members of the Byron Shire’s Brazilian community are organising a silent protest to express their distress and anger over the devastating fires raging in the Amazon rainforest.

As the destruction of the world’s largest single supplier of oxygen continues virtually unabated, local Brazilians are calling on all residents to come together at 11.11am on Sunday outside the Mercato shopping centre for a silent march to the beach.

‘Right now people are dying in the fire, especially the indigenous population and the quality of the air across Brazil is unbearable,’ one of the protest organisers Lilian Alkmim said.

‘There is also a massive destruction of flora and fauna.

‘We’re essentially at risk of losing the Amazon.’

‘We are calling on the government to ensure that we keep the protection of these areas.’

Brazil has had more than 72,000 fires this year, an 84 per cent increase on the same period in 2018, says the country’s National Institute for Space Research. More than half were in the Amazon.

There was a sharp rise in deforestation during July, which has been followed by extensive burning in August.

Local newspapers say farmers in some regions are organising “fire days” to take advantage of weaker enforcement by the authorities.

Brazil’s right wing President Jair Bolsonaro has so far angrily resisted calls from the international community to undertake effective measures to protect the Amazon, which supplies 20 per cent of the world’s oxygen.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


    • Nothing to see here Brazilians. Stay home your just agitating for agitations sake.

      ” fire area.

      Conclusion: Amazonian fires, using very current NASA data, show a decline over the record, and are nowhere close to a record so far in 2019.

      Postscript 1: As Willis often says, if you disagree with something I said, quote exactly what I said, and why it is wrong.

      Postscript 2: This might be a good Reference Page. Have a “Fires” page, with the MODIS charts embedded. Charles, Anthony?

      Postscript 3: The NY Times claims 2019 fires are way up, over 2018. That is correct. What they don’t say, is that about 1/2 the years BEFORE 2019 are higher, and about 1/2 are lower. Cherry picking of the first order.

      Postscript 4: Nick Stokes points out that one province is at record levels of fires. True, its just under record levels today. But that means that the rest of the entire region must be UNDER average (2003-present). Looking at each region in the Amazon Basin, that is indeed true. Santa Cruz and Amazonas are above average, the rest are at or well below average. Result? The entire region is very nearly at the MODIS average for this time of year.

  1. The other serious issue with sustaining the earths oxygen supplies is the impacts of global warming and increasing acidification of our oceans on ocean algae, where the annual spawning of algae provides 50% of the earths annual oxygen supply.

  2. If people weren’t Brazilian & Byron locals
    they’d be in Brazil. It does not matter where
    they are coming from just be aware they are
    rightly worried about the abnormal fires.
    The Amazon is crucial due to its 20%
    oxygen world rate.

  3. They wouldn’t be the same Brazilians sleeping in vans evreywhere, camping illegally in the national parks, and leaving rubbish lying around? I’m glad the environment is a priority for them.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

The return of the prodigal son

Gallery DownTown, the annexe of Tweed Regional Gallery, is presenting a new exhibition by regional artists.

Rotary Downunder Baton handed over at Byron Bay

The Rotary Club of Byron Bay recently took the Rotary Downunder Baton to the most easterly point of Australia as part of its national journey. As well as being the national celebration of one hundred years of service by Rotary in Australia, the theme for the centenary is 'Rotary says no to domestic violence'.

Interview with Jean Kittson

Comedian, writer, and social commentator Jean Kittson has the ability to distil complex ideas into commonsense. Jean is one of the national treasures in conversation with Mandy Nolan and Fiona O’Loughlin at No Eggs for Breakfast, a comedic chat themed around life beyond fertility! It seemed remiss not to ask Ms Kittson on her take on the debacle that is federal politics and gender equity.

$1500 council fee rebates for farmers

NSW Farmers commends the NSW Government on its delivery of a rebate scheme for NSW and local government fees and charges, following its $500 million commitment in the State Budget last year.