Almeida was teaching in her village of Bento Rodrigues, Brazil when a dam burst and created a 65-foot wall of mud, giving them only a few minutes to escape. Almeida rushed 58 students out the door to safety within three minutes, saving their lives.
“He came in shouting that we had to run,” Almeida told Reuters. “Within three minutes everyone was out.”
If you’re weren’t aware yet, our environment is suffering a major crisis. It isn’t something that if we ignore it will just somehow magically be okay. We are experiencing climate change right now. Weather patterns are off, there are more floods, more wildfires, a lot more earthquakes, and this is just the start of it. This year the United Nations released an extensive report on climate change and say that the next two to three years are a “critical window when many of the policy and investment decisions” and whether world leaders jump on board to help — or not — the result will be the end of us, roughly 10 to 15 years from now, or it could be a turning point.
To get to change, as we said, world leaders have to delegate legislation. All eyes are on world leaders as they have to come up with ways for their own countries to contribute to a plan to save the planet. Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro has one theory about how to improve the environment.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro suggests a way to remedy the environment issue — and obesity all in one snap: if people eat less, they will poop less.
Come again? Did a world leader just suggest restrict people’s right to go number 2? Yes, he did. During a press conference, Bolsonaro said, “It’s enough to eat a little less. You talk about environmental pollution. It’s enough to poop every other day. That will be better for the whole world.” Hmmm, let’s ponder that for a second. Eat less, poop less, environment fixed. His response was so cut and dry that people could not tell if he was being sarcastic.
Bolsonaro’s eye-opening response came after a reporter asked him if the country could grow while preserving the environment. It’s a very odd answer, but this is also a man who has, in the past, made “derogatory remarks about women and minority groups,” according to Yahoo News.
Would pooping less actually help the environment?
We do know that cow poop, and their farts, contribute more toxic fumes than cars. No joke! Due to the 1.5 billion cows on the planet, they contribute to “18 percent of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming, more than cars, planes and all other forms of transport put together,” the Independent reports.
However, humans also contribute a hefty load (no pun intended) to the world’s trash every time we flush. Slate released an article about a 1999 study that showed “1,188 American homes, toilet flushes accounted for 27 percent of an individual’s daily indoor water consumption—more than washing machines (22 percent) or showers (17 percent).”
So perhaps pooping less would help somewhat but Bolsonaro is avoiding something a lot more critical to our environment.
While going number two every other day would help with less trash and reduce the use of water, it would not be healthy for our own bodies. Pooping every day is part of having a healthy digestive system, and reducing that would just back you up and that would not be good for anyone.
A healthy bowel system is also dependent on the foods we eat, in particular fruits and vegetables. If our environment continues to decline the way it is, we won’t be able to grow our fruits and vegetables, which therein will make people poop less. Is that Bolsonaro’s ultimate vision?
Bolsonaro, as the leader of Brazil, is in charge of one of the most precious ecosystems in the world: the Amazon.
Brazil controls 60 percent of the Amazon rainforest, which makes up 40 percent of Earth’s rainforests. The New York Post reports that Bolsonaro’s policies will only further damage the Amazon, which is already in a decline.
The Economist reports that Bolsonaro isn’t helping nurture nature at all, he’s actually seeking to develop on the sacred forest.
“The ecological collapse [Bolsonaro’s] policies may precipitate would be felt most acutely within his country’s borders, which encircle 80 percent of the basin—but would go far beyond them, too. It must be averted.”
The climate and the planet are reaching the point of no return when it comes to protecting life. The temperature is rising and places, like El Salvador, are facing a water instability that is forcing migrants to seek safety in another country. If you are concerned about the environment, you have to get involved by contacting your political representatives and making changes in your own life to save the earth.
UPDATE: Earlier this week an inmate went viral for his unusual attempt to escape prison disguised as his daughter. On Tuesday, Aug. 6, Clauvino da Silva was found dead in his cell by apparent suicide, according to CNN.
Below is the story of how da Silva attempted to escape prison before his death…
Some things you just cannot make up.
Recently in Brazil, a gang leader attempted the tricky feat of escaping prison via some pretty lofty means: impersonating his own teenage daughter. To prepare for his attempt, da Silva, also known as Baixinho — or Shorty, attempted to pass guards at the Bangu prison complex in Rio de Janeiro wearing an actual silicone mask and wig.
Officials recently released photos of da Silva and pretty much everyone is confused about how he thought this would work.
Da Silva wore a silicone mask, glasses, a long black wig, jeans and a pink T-shirt decorated with a print of donuts to make his escape.
In a video released by Rio de Janeiro’s state secretary of prison administration, da Silva can be seen slowly taking off his disguise before saying his real name. According to authorities, his elaborate escape attempt was foiled after prison guards picked up on his nervous behavior.
According to Buzzfeed, da Silva, 42, is currently serving a 73-year sentence for drug trafficking. The gang leader worked for the Red Command, one of Brazil’s most powerful drug trafficking criminal groups. Officials say that since his thwarted prison break, da Silva has been transferred to a unit of a maximum-security prison where he is due to face disciplinary sanctions.
It’s not the first time da Silva has made an attempt with his daughter’s help.
Back in 2013, Brazilian news site Globo reported that he had successfully escaped prison. At the time, da Silva operated on a plan that allowed him to stroll out of the prison’s main door as his daughter remained in his cell.
Looks like a 73-year jail sentence can really inspire a person to get creative.
Also pretty sure that mask would have any daughter insulted.
The reaction on Twitter, of course, has been downright gold.
Perhaps a better budget would have seen da Silva far away and free from the gates of prison.
As of now, nearly everyone who has read this story has their fingers crossed that this story will inspire a movie.
Basically, everyone’s rallying for this to be the inspiration for the White Chicks 2 film.
Like so many references to White Chicks.
And all of this time we thought no one could have done a mask worse.
As far as the court of popular opinion goes, da Silva’s verdict is:
Scooby-Doo did it better.
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