French President Emmanuel Macron has announced a $20 million emergency fund to help Amazon countries affected by the rainforest fires.
Speaking after a G7 climate session Monday, Macron said the fires are “two times the surface area of France.”
He said the wildfires are damaging the “most important lungs of the planet” and France will provide military support.
The president admitted his country’s interest in the Amazon is partly because it has territory in the Amazon.
Macron angered Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro last week by calling the wildfires blazing in the Amazon rainforest an "international crisis" that should be on the agenda at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
Bolsonaro said the idea of G7 discussing the issue was "reminiscent of colonial mindset inappropriate in the 21st century."
Apart from the short term emergency funding, Macron also announced a longer term common initiative for the Amazon that will be discussed at the United Nations General Assembly.