In 2019, the leaders of the free world have promised action over the Amazon blaze, and have donated 0.000006% of their net wealth to save it.
In August of 2019, Leonardo DiCaprio openly begged governments around the world to act over the apocalyptic blaze in the Amazon, saying that “the lungs of the Earth are vital to protecting (sic) us in the future”, which is a fair point. Also, the Amazon produces 20% of the total oxygen we breathe, more than half of the 10 million species of plants, animals and insects live in there and one-fifth of the world’s fresh water sits in the Amazon Basin.
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) August 26, 2019
However, Leo was a bit slow on the news, as the governments of the world have already pooled together their wealth, with the G7 nations pledging an immediate $20 million dollars to assist in extinguishing the blaze.
BREAKING: G-7 countries have agreed to an immediate $20 million fund to help Amazon countries fight wildfires. https://t.co/iXyXg99W68
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 26, 2019
While the comparison should be made to the donations poured in after the Notre Dame fire ($1 billion-ish to the Vatican, which is worth $10-15 billion), that point has already been raised. So how about this. The seven countries represented at the G7 summit hold 58% of global wealth (approximately $317 trillion), which means they’re spending 0.000006% of their wealth to tackle this issue.
But, I get it. We can’t expect them to bankrupt the globe to save one rainforest. How about this? According to trumpgolfcount.com, the combined cost of his 283 golf trips (to the taxpayer) stands at five times the agreed-upon amount, at $141,000,000.
Still not convinced? Netflix paid $100 million to continue streaming Friends. For a solitary year. Paris Saint-Germain paid $246,496,865 for one Brazillian person, Neymar, who earns twice the G7 donation ($41 million dollars) a year, for five years.
It’s worth noting that DiCaprio donated $5 million to help tackle the issue, but he earned the same amount as the G7 cheque for Inception. Even if we’re to twist the alphanumeric soubriquet of the grouped nations and subtract a number, the retail price for one Gulfstream G650 jet aka the ‘G6’ is three times the amount promised to Brazil.
As Fiona Harvey of The Guardian pointed out, “Billions of dollars are being loaned on high-interest terms to poor countries seeking help to cope with the impacts of climate breakdown, according to an Oxfam report. The loan terms risk storing up debt burdens lasting far into the future, the charity says.
“Poor countries are reported to have received about $60bn of climate finance from rich governments and publicly funded institutions in 2017-18, the latest year for which reliable data is available. Oxfam estimates that the amount that actually reached them was more like $19bn to $22.5bn when interest, repayments and other costs are subtracted.
“The world’s least developed countries received $3.2bn in loans in 2017-18 to help them with the costs of adapting to the ravages of the climate crisis, according to Oxfam, which analysed data from the UN and OECD.
“Tracy Carty, a senior climate change policy adviser at Oxfam, said: ‘We are concerned that poorer countries are being forced to take out loans to protect themselves from the excess emissions of rich countries. These are the countries that have done least to cause the climate crisis.'”
Try harder, idiots.