The Amazon rainforest is responsible for 20% of the world's oxygen. (**edit below)
It's home to numerous species of wildlife.
It is referred to as the lungs of the Earth.
And it's been burning for weeks, and no one is talking about it.
What is happening right now is an emergency that should be concerning all of us. The air we breath is at stake. This isn't exaggerating. Our lungs are destroyed as we speak and we are only just finding out.
This is our future. Are you upset about Spiderman? Same. Were you sad over Notre Dame? Same. But this is so much more important.
SPEAK UP. GET THIS KNOWN. Even if you can't do anything else, at least raise awareness to put some pressure out there on those who can do something. OUR HOME IS AT STAKE. The skies in São Paulo turned black. We are losing our most valued rainforest. WE CANNOT JUST SIT BACK.
**Edit: Many of you pointed out how the 20% oxygen phrase can be misleading (and many thanks, don't want to misinform). So, to clarify, it means that the rainforest provides us with an amount of oxygen that is then used by living organisms to survive. It is not a surplus, however; its carbon footprint is neutral because all this oxygen is used up. However, it remains essential, because, without it, we are left with less oxygen to sustain the organisms living now, which means some organisms will die. Also, without the forest, we will have fewer sources that absorb carbon dioxide, so greenhouse effects will be more pronounced. Many thanks for pointing this out.
If you want to help, I have reblogged a list of links with ways to help. Will keep it on the top of my dash for the next days.
"What hits really hard in moments like this is that really... nothing is forever. The loss of history, of art, of creation, is real and deeply tragic. But what's really itching at the insides of my chest is watching something I thought was forever suddenly not exist.
"We know this, of course. We know in our brains that nothing lasts. But that doesn't stop us from just going about our lives forgetting about that reality. And then we get hit in the face by it... sometimes individually, sometimes collectively.
"A lot of us are feeling this now together... though at the same time, many other people don't have such a visceral tie to Notre Dame. Which is why I'm doing my best to not be very angry at the "it's just a building" comments. (Though, honestly, if that's how you feel, be quiet.)
"But Katherine also reminded me that Notre Dame is not one thing... and while nothing lasts, the story of human culture isn't of building things that last forever, it's changing, growing, progressing, remembering, and /rebuilding./
"She reminded me that Notre Dame is history, but so is today. We don't get to be separate from history. And we are not the first people to see beautiful things destroyed. Indeed, we're not the first to see much of Notre Dame Cathedral destroyed.
"Much of Notre Dame is nearly 1000 years old. Some of it is 50 years old. The spire was built 150 years ago. The Rose Window is (was) from the 1200s. It's heartbreaking.
"But in a moment when I'm reminded of how fragile things are, I also want to be reminded of how much we have created and preserved... and how much we have rebuilt. So that feeling is in there with the bad ones. It's not bigger than the bad ones, but it's in there too."
- Hank Green after talking with his wife Katherine about the tragic fire consuming Notre Dame
Notre Dame Cathedral is burning and starting to collapse and I’m speechless and so sad. The cathedral was finished in 1345. It survived for 674 years. It survived two world wars. And now a fire is going to destroy it and I’m sitting here, hundreds of kilometers away and can’t do anything but watch almost 700 years of history getting destroyed :(((((
i feel like people are missing the point of this whole notre dame debate: no one is saying that we shouldn’t try to fix the church or that it’s not worth fixing.
it’s just funny that there is such near-universal outrage over its destruction when churches in black neighborhoods are burned down by white supremacists in the US and that gets no coverage. centuries old churches in puerto rico were battered by the hurricane and the white house didn’t rush to help restore those.
it’s also funny that millionaires can pull together hundreds of millions of dollars in a couple of days to renovate a building meanwhile millions of people worldwide are sick, starving, and dying.
it’s worth paying attention to the selective empathy that the rich and privileged hold and whose suffering successfully prompts them to part with their wealth. because it certainly isn’t the suffering of people of color and i feel like that should at least be something we take note of amidst all this.
The church of Notre-Dame de Paris is still no doubt, a majestic and sublime edifice. But, beautiful as it has been preserved in growing old, it is difficult not to sigh, not to wax indignant, before the numberless degradations and mutilations which time and men have both caused the venerable monument to suffer, without respect for Charlemagne, who laid its first stone, or for Philip Augustus, who laid the last.
On the face of this aged queen of our cathedrals, by the side of a wrinkle, one always finds a scar. Tempus edax, homo edacior [Time is a devourer; man, more so].
Victor Hugo, Notre-Dame de Paris: Book Third, Chapter I. Notre Dame (trans. Isabel Hapgood)
Eugène Atget, Notre Dame, Paris, 1926.
Firefighters working with architects are still in Notre Dame de Paris to stabilize the main structure which was made vulnerable by the collapse of the wooden roof.
Historians have claimed that rebuilding this timber framework as it was is impossible, as the original oaks came from an old-growth forest. They’re instead advocating for a more ‘modern’ approach that would have the benefit of rendering the roof safer in the future.
Unlike what has been said last night, some of the rosaces have in fact survived although they may need to be removed temporarily for repairs.
Architects and historians are confident that plenty of the cathedral remains to just rebuild it anew.
Thankfully the renovation scaffolding held up.
The spire that fell and crashed through the vaulted ceiling of Notre Dame had been in place since Viollet-le-Duc’s restoration work on the cathedral in the mid-19th century, and was a faithful reproduction of the battered original that had been taken down in the 18th century. The 16 bronze statues adorning it, in a stroke of luck, had been taken away during the restoration work just four days before and will be added to the new, third spire once reconstruction begins.
Viollet-le-Duc’s work had been commissioned by Louis-Philippe d’Orléans, king of the French in 1844 following increased national awareness of the poor state of the cathedral due to Victor Hugo’s book.
The cathedral was completely restored, with a gaggle of new statues, stained glass windows and structural additions that aimed to be faithful to the original plans. These renovations are responsible for most of what is famous today in Notre Dame, but unfortunately used lesser quality limestone and cement for the masonry due to the financial instability of the country pre Napoléon III’s industrial revolution, leading to further repairs being needed and finally undertook this year.
Hopefully this tragedy will inspire a new wave of restoration across the country, as it did 175 years ago.
The roof is gone, but the interior seems relatively undamaged, only a small part of the vault collapsed, and the altar, cross, various important relics, artworks, and such were all saved. Well done firefighters. Wonderful.