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Should the Brazilian president accept foreign aid for the Amazon rainforest?

The fires in the Amazon rainforest have reached record highs. The Amazon is home to one million people and three million species of plants and animals, and if left unchecked, the fires will have a major impact on the planet's ability to fight climate change. At the annual G7 summit this past weekend, world leaders decided to send a $20 million aid package to Brazil to help fight the fires. But Brazil's president, Jair Bolsonaro, will reportedly reject the package for want of a personal apology from one of the world leaders in particular. Should Bolsonaro accept aid no matter the circumstances, or is he standing up for the country's dignity?

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At the G7 summit, French president Emmanuel Macron called the Amazon rainforest fires a global crisis. Per the New York Times:

The fires accelerate depletion of one of the world’s largest forests, a crucial sink for the atmospheric carbon dioxide that contributes to global warming. They also threaten Indigenous peoples and shrinking wildlife habitat.

The United States, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Canada and Japan comprise the G7, and their respective leaders agreed to send Brazil and its neighboring countries a $20 million aid package to help fight the Amazon fires. 

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But according to the BBC, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is rejecting the aid package until he receives an apology from France's president. Bolsonaro disputes the package on multiple grounds, including feeling personally slighted by Macron's claim Bolsonaro had "lied" during the G20 summit when he committed to pursuing biodiversity. 

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Beyond the personal slight, Bolsonaro also took issue with Macron's tone in some of his statements, claiming Macron called into question Brazil's sovereignty. Per the New York Times

Mr. Bolsonaro, who has suggested earlier that Mr. Macron’s real motive is to shield France’s agriculture from Brazilian competition, had tweeted on Monday that the president “disguises his intentions behind the idea of an ‘alliance’ of the G7 countries to ‘save’ the Amazon, as if we were a colony or a no-man’s land.”
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But for most, the disputes between the two leaders should not impact the aid package itself. The stakes are simply too high.

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