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The Amazon is on fire: Are you pissed or are you paralyzed?

Fires are often deliberately, and illegally, set in the Amazon Rainforest during the dry season. The fires are up 84 percent from this time last year, a record high according to the BBC. The Amazon Rainforest plays a huge role in supplying oxygen for the planet and is essential to our fight against climate change. Many are justifiably incredulous this situation has been allowed to fester, while others feel paralysis. The Amazon fires are a continent away, and with so much tragedy in the news, yet another catastrophe is difficult to swallow. How do the fires make you feel?

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The Amazon Rainforest is often referred to as the "lungs of the planet" due to its essential role in creating oxygen and consuming carbon for, yes, the entire planet. Fires are not uncommon in the Amazon due to farmers' desire to clear lands for cattle ranching, but the BBC reports fires this year are up 84 percent, per the National Institute for Space Research. 

The Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world. It is home to one million people and three million species of plants and animals. Widespread fires in the region are sure to have consequences not only for Brazil, but for Earth as a whole. 

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Many argue the international outrage regarding the Amazon Rainforest fires leaves a lot to be desired. The situation has been turned into a political controversy by Brazil's president, rather than treated as an international emergency—which it is. 

According to the U.N., the world has to make "unprecedented changes" in the next 10 years if it hopes to thwart environmental consequences like famine, costal flooding and extreme weather. 

We only get one planet. The record-breaking fires in the Amazon are outrageous, and the public should commit itself to limiting the tragedy as soon as possible and repairing the damage thereafter; the people have proved they are capable, after all. 

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For others, the fires are simply too overwhelming. The amount of tragedy in the headlines have made recent weeks heavier than most. People are already unsure of where to turn for relief, and when it comes to the topic of climate change specifically, many feel particularly helpless. Hearing that one of the world's most important ecosystems is in flames goes beyond fatigue; many feel paralyzed by fear and assume a situation so consequential is not likely to be improved by their panic.

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The fires in the Amazon are affecting people, plants and animals now, and they have the potential to impact the entire planet if left unaddressed. For many, the fires are yet another display of those in power and their lack of foresight. Anger spurs action, and the public should offer as much assistance as it can. 

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Far-away tragedy is difficult to conceptualize. America knows it can respond to a crisis—it has done so with fires before—but most are not feeling the immediately impacts of those in the Amazon Rainforest. They are not seeing the smoke outside their windows and they are not concerned about carbon monoxide in the air. For better or for worse, being paralyzed by catastrophe is inherently human. 

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