LA PAZ – Bolivia’s President Evo Morales invited G7 leaders on Sunday to visit his country to implement their commitment to fight the fires plaguing the Amazon rainforests in Brazil and Bolivian Chiquitania.
Morales said in a tweet that he welcomed the G7’s announcement of urgent aid to countries affected in the Amazon.
“We salute the position of #G7 announcing its willingness to urgently help countries affected by fires in the Amazon. We invite the president brother @EmmanuelMacron and his colleagues to come to Bolivia to directly execute cooperation commitments,” he said.
The Bolivian leader said that the members of the G7 “must understand that the fire in the Amazon is an urgent call to move from worry to action.”
He added that the Paris Agreement established obligations for industrialized countries regarding the defense and preservation of the environment.
Macron announced on Sunday that the G7 countries, meeting in Biarritz, France, agreed to help the countries affected by the fires.
The G7 is made up of Germany, Canada, the United States, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and France.
The French president was one of the world leaders who raised his voice in defense of the rainforest.
Earlier, Morales said at a press conference that he had received a note from the French foreign ministry proposing an alliance to care for biodiversity in the South American Amazon region.
Morales also announced that Peru would provide support with two helicopters to fight fires in Chiquitania.
In Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro said on Twitter he had accepted Israel’s offer of aircraft dispatched to fight the blazes. Around 44,000 Brazilian troops were also to be deployed in the vast Amazon region over the weekend.
The Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (Coica) criticized the governments of Brazil and Bolivia and called for them to be sanctioned for “genocide and ecocide.”
Meanwhile, hundreds of people took to the streets on Sunday in La Paz and other Bolivian cities to protest against the fires.
A massive march made its way on Sunday night through the main streets of the center of the capital with the protesters holding placards that read “International Aid now!” for Chiquitania and for the Brazilian Amazon, and “What about the rights of our Pachamama (Mother Earth)?”