Just when we thought that the environment would best benefit from more sustainable energy solutions, we learn that there is another suggestion that just can’t be beat. Recently, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro suggested that people should eat less food so that they could defecate less as an answer to most of the world’s problems. Yes, you heard it right. According to Bolsonaro, if people would only stop pooping, we could save our planet. The connection between his pooping comment and climate change resulted from his being under fire recently for the increased deforestation of the Amazon rainforest, of which falls under his role of responsibility.
To some, Bolsonaro’s suggestion of less eating and pooping might sound sensible considering he felt it would address the issues of world hunger (eating less), save the environment (human toxins), and boost the economy (less food and toilet paper). However, to others, the suggestion was completely ridiculous and flat out stupid. After he made the statement, reporters giggled because they truly thought he was simply attempting to be either funny or sarcastic. Unfortunately, the laughter died quickly when they stared into Bolsonaro’s face and saw that he couldn’t figure out what was so funny.
The Amazon falls 60% into Brazil’s territory and is a key regulator of the Earth’s living systems. The trees in the rainforest take in as much as 2 billion tons of carbon dioxide every year and release 20% of the planet’s oxygen. When you realize the importance of the Amazon rainforest, you will understand just how confused most people were when they heard that the biggest problem to a decaying planet actually lives within us all. The unfortunate thing, according to Bolsonaro, is that we just can’t help but release the problem on a regular basis.
The National Institute for Space Research, which is a Brazilian agency, shared that between May and July of 2019 more rainforest was lost than any of the prior years within that same time period. Additionally, over 800 square miles of vegetation was cut down in the month of July alone—something that researchers consider to be the biggest surge in deforestation rates since 2014. When questioned about these facts, Bolsonaro simply stated that the information was “doubtful” and then he fired his director of the National Institute for Space Research for allegedly manipulating the data for the purpose of making his administration look bad. Bolsonaro never thought that what would make both he and his administration look bad would be his reaction to the issue of the Amazon deforestation. Had he simply acknowledged the reality of the depletion of the rainforest, and then provided sound advice on how he planned on dealing with the issue, people might have taken him a bit more serious. Better yet, they would also believe that he found the issue itself to be serious enough to at least “try” to come up with a viable solution. Unfortunately, the only thing that came into his mind was a load of sh*t…literally.