Real Cowboy’ Rallies Amazon Firefighters

John Cain Carter has been actively working to improve fire conditions around the Brazilian Rainforest for the past two decades.

Branded as “Fire Warriors” — John and his team have successfully combatted over 400 fires in the Brazilian rainforest. He gives the credit to Brigada Aliança, an organization looking to take a permanent stand against the heat. With the help of Brigada, John is providing formal firefighting training to Brazilians all over the country, and building a full-time team of firefighters to protect the Amazon.

But before John was training and leading an Army of Fire Warriors, he was living a more simple life as a ranchman in Mato Grosso. This is where John properly earned his “Cowboy” title. Unlike in Texas, Brazilian ranchers are still dealing with Indians and squatters. John once had to stand up to a tribe of 500 Indians to protect his cattle herd and land. Fortunately, he kept his courage and a treaty was made by the two parties.

On top of the lawless half of things, John had to face corrupt developers and police as well. It was despite hellish conditions, that John founded Aliança da Terra in 2004. With the general purpose of uniting farmers and ranchers, with a commitment to the land and its people.

Fast forward 15 years, and John is still focused on combatting Amazon deforestation, most specifically forest fires. As conditions are seemingly getting worse, John is working to raise awareness and funding for Brigada.

John handles most the paperwork, but he’s still willing to gear up and get his hand’s dirty. Recently, he was seen battling the flames up close and personal in videos posted on social media.

Facebook / John Carter in the midst of Amazon fire Sept/2019

With someone like John fighting to help save the Amazon, you may feel like the fires will put themselves out. But unfortunately, that just isn’t the case. According to National Geographic, we haven’t seen fires this bad since 2010. Which may partially be to blame on the weakening of forest protections by Brazil’s new President, Jair Bolsonaro.

Aside from new regulation and a dry climate, illegal deforestation seems to be the main cause of the continued fires. It’s estimated that as much as 90% of timber removed from the Amazon is done so illegally.

In the first half of 2019, we’ve lost over 7,200 square miles in rainforest – an area about twice the size of Jamaica.

A NASA Earth Observatory map shows active fire detections in South America as observed by satellites between Aug. 15-22. NASA / AFP – Getty Images file

Since John’s home state Mato Grosso, has seen debatably the worst damage, it’s easy to understand his motivation, he’s simply defending his home.

Read more here from the Washington Post.


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