Reporting is necessary!

Reporting is necessary!

Published On: 6 de July de 2023

Burning and plant destruction during the dry season are a serious and worrying problem. The Atlantic Forest, the region where we are located and where we operate, is one of the most biodiverse biomes in the world, home to a huge variety of plant and animal species, many of which are endemic and found only in this biome.

On June 21, winter began, characterized by droughts and low air humidity; and under these climatic conditions, the rapid spread of fire is favored, making fires even more dangerous and destructive. Dry vegetation, combined with strong winds and lack of rain, creates an environment conducive to the spread of fire, making it difficult to control. In the month of June of this year alone, 673 fires were recorded in the Atlantic Forest, detected by satellite and monitored by INPE – Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais, an increase of 35% of fires, compared to the same period in 2021.

Unfortunately, illegal burning is often used to clear land for agricultural purposes, livestock or even for real estate speculation. In addition to being “accidentally” caused by cigarette butts, June party balloons, irregular burning of waste and irregularly discarded garbage, such as cans and glass that can reflect sunlight, with just a spark to turn into a big fire.

Reporting fires is essential to combat this problem. There are several ways to do this:

  • Contact the responsible bodies: Inform the environmental authorities, such as the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA), the fire department through the number 193 or the civil defense at the telephone number 199, about witnessed or suspected illegal burnings. Provide as much detail as possible, such as location, date, and any relevant information.
  • Hotline for fighting fires: Some states and municipalities have direct channels for fighting fires, where you can call to report what happened. In the case of Socorro-SP, there is Municipal Law nº 3825/2014, subject to a fine, and the population can report the occurrence of fires via WhatsApp (19) 99613-7057.
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs): Get in touch with NGOs dedicated to protecting the environment and conserving the Atlantic Forest. They can provide guidance on how to report illegal burning.
  • Communication with the press: If it is safe and you have substantial evidence, an alternative is to contact the local press to report illegal fires. Public exposure can pressure authorities to act and also raise awareness of the problem.

Remembering that it is essential not to put safety at risk when approaching fires or people involved in illegal activities. It is essential to stay safe and avoid direct interactions, prioritizing reporting.

Preserving the Atlantic Forest and combating illegal burning requires joint efforts by society, government authorities and environmental organizations. By reporting these illegal activities, you are contributing to the protection and health of people, animals and the environment. Be a defender of nature and help put an end to bushfires!


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