I really hope people click on this and honestly I am a person of hope, I have always been. I still am, but honestly? Hearing the news that the Amazon Rain forest has been burning for almost 3 weeks now has been depressing. More than that, it brings on some emotions, that myself as a writer can't even bring it into words.

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The Amazon provides a little less than 10% of the world's oxygen (not including net production) and 10% of the world's biodiversity. It is known as the "lungs" of the world. I don't even know what to say. Sometimes I wish that we didn't screw up so much. That something could be put in humanity's hands without it going up in flames. That's not to say that humanity is completely evil. I still believe the situation isn't black and white. There's some gray areas.

I wish politics didn't take priority over the planet. It truly doesn't, but many people see it that way. How much will money, power, and their shortcuts matter when it will only leave us more hurt in the end?

There are children who are supposed to live in this world. Who are supposed to eat its plants and breathe its air. Who are supposed to get an opportunity to prosper, to live in a world where we don't have to worry about these kind of catastrophes.

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When will we come to the end of ourselves? When will we realize that we are more than power, money, politics, and borders. When will our leaders lead us? Why, why are we even in this mess? I won't point fingers and maybe I'm not informed enough to even have the right to do so, but I do know this: Leaders were put in place for a reason. We are supposed to trust them. We are supposed to believe that they will lead us in the right direction. But in the end, I don't think many citizens can say that. And that is truly sad.

I'll end with this. I don't point fingers. I don't want false hope. And I don't know everything about everything, but I do know something. In this world, we're going to be handed some crap. Some things are unpredictable. I can't tell you I haven't cried thinking about the damage the humans have done to the Earth. But still at the end of those cries, I think...well...I'll do what I can to help. So I prayed. So I wrote this article. So I'll still hope.

When disaster strikes, you survive. I pray the Amazon survives. I pray for the people there. I pray that the animals survive. I pray long lives over everyone reading this.

They say hope is naive. And in many cases, it has proved to be. Don't take my message of hope as me saying "this isn't an emergency" because I feel it is. Stay strong, raise awareness, love more. Days like this I'm left to wonder what one person can do. I hope we get to a place of unity, where many individuals don't have to wonder that on their own. This article is so messy, but I hope you take something from it. Please.