French President Shows Trump What Leadership Looks Like By Declaring Crisis Over Amazon Fires

French President Emmanuel Macron showed Donald Trump what leadership looks like on Thursday by calling on the world to come together to address the “international crisis” raging in the Amazon rain forest.

“Our house is burning. Literally,” Macron said in a tweet. “The Amazon rain forest – the lungs which produces 20% of our planet’s oxygen – is on fire. It is an international crisis.”

He urged members of the G7 to make the issue a top priority when they meet in the coming days.

As Macron noted, the Amazon generates 20 percent of earth’s oxygen. It is vital to the survival of the planet, even if it doesn’t register on the day-to-day radar of the average American – especially the current president of the United States.

Not to mention, according to CNN, the Amazon is “considered vital in slowing global warming, and it is home to uncountable species of fauna and flora. Roughly half the size of the United States, it is the largest rainforest on the planet.”

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes explained why these particular fires are a disaster for the world:

Meanwhile, Trump doesn’t even believe in climate change

As the Amazon fires begin to generate more attention around the globe, the United States continues to be led by a guy who believes climate change is a hoax created by the Chinese.

Since Trump took office in 2017, his environmental policy decisions have been a reflection of his ignorance. He has rolled back Obama-era environmental protections, withdrawn the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement and advocated for the fossil fuel interests that bankrolled his campaign.

The United States has gone from leading on climate change to not even being in the room to discuss it. What French President Emmanuel Macron showed on Thursday is that the rest of the world still intends to fight for the planet, even if the U.S. has essentially pulled out of the climate change fight.

The Amazon fires are just the latest example of how climate change is destroying the planet. It’s time for the United States to have a president who recognizes this harsh reality and rallies the world to fight it.

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