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France: Extinction Rebellion call for action against Amazon wildfires

France, Paris
August 31, 2019 at 21:26 GMT +00:00 · Published

Climate activist group Extinction Rebellion held a march in Paris on Saturday to call for action against the devastating wild fires raging in the Amazon.

One protester called the forest the "lungs of the Earth," calling the fires a "catastrophe for biodiversity." Some activists visualized this in a performance with torches symbolizing the fire, and laying down to symbolise death.

According to reports, over 76,000 fires have been recorded so far this year in the Amazon, an increase of over 80 percent increase as compared to the same period last year.

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Climate activist group Extinction Rebellion held a march in Paris on Saturday to call for action against the devastating wild fires raging in the Amazon.

One protester called the forest the "lungs of the Earth," calling the fires a "catastrophe for biodiversity." Some activists visualized this in a performance with torches symbolizing the fire, and laying down to symbolise death.

According to reports, over 76,000 fires have been recorded so far this year in the Amazon, an increase of over 80 percent increase as compared to the same period last year.

M/S Protesters holding a banner reading (French) "Our lungs burn. The living dies"

C/U Activist with Extinction Rebellion symbol painted on hood

C/U Extinction Rebellion movement flag

M/S Protesters marching with Extinction Rebellion flags

M/S Protesters marching in Saint Paul district

SOT, SVK, Extinction Rebellion activist (French): "We are here today because of what is happening in the Amazon. The lungs of the Earth are collapsing. The deforestation doesn't stop. The fires that are going on for several weeks are destroying the Amazon forest, it's a catastrophe for biodiversity and the ecosystem. We find that politicians take too long to react. We are here today to show our support for what is happening, which is quite sad, very sad."

M/S Protesters marching

C/U Extinction Rebellion banner and the demonstrators

W/S Protesters taking part in fire and smoke performance

M/S Activist walking with a torch symbolizing Amazon wild fire bringing death

W/S Journalists shooting the performance

C/U Extinction Rebellion flag and the activists laying down behind.

M/S Banner reading (French): "Our lungs burn. The living dies"

SOT, Chantal Dubois, Extinction Rebellion activist (French): "We have to shout against injustice! This is what is happening to us! All together!"

M/S Protesters playing music

W/S Protesters playing music

W/S Activists gathered

C/U Girl wearing vest saying "non-violent action COP 21"

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