We recently witnessed the burning down of the Amazon Forests. The effects are going to be horrific as the climate will undergo some drastic changes due to this loss. People are creating awareness about deforestation and how it is affecting our ecosystem.
Another incident took place in the Indonesian island of Sumatra where some farmers set the forest on fire for agricultural purpose. As a result, the sky turned blood red causing respiratory problems, flight cancellations and health infections.
BBC reports that this slash and burn technique is illegal in this area. Around 328,724 hectares of land was cleared using this method in 2019.
The village Muaro Jambi was covered with a scary red sky due to this forest fires. According to The Guardian, the clearing of land has been done to plant the oil palm, pulp and bamboo plantations. The clearing of land by this burning process raised air pollution to an alarming level.
Meteorologist named Nate Byrne in a conversation with ABC News told the phenomenon to be Mie Scattering–
“Light from the sun gets scattered when it hits molecules or small particles in the atmosphere. Because smoke is made up of tiny particles, much more scattering occurs than would happen in clear air, so the red light becomes more intense.”
This incident has left the neighbouring countries Malaysia and Singapore also terrified. People are posting pictures and videos on Twitter.
People have also urged Indonesian President Joko Widodo to look into the matter.
Genuinely terrifying image from Indonesia’s ongoing environmental catastrophe: red sky in Muaro Jambi, in Sumatra. pic.twitter.com/G45MvigNjM
— Mattias Fibiger (@mefibiger) September 22, 2019
Senjanya anak kopi senja mah belum ada apa-apanya pic.twitter.com/yAGKNpl9xh
— romyyyyy (@romywahyuddin) September 22, 2019
Ini sore bukan malam. Ini bumi bukan planet mars. Ini jambi bukan di luar angkasa. Ini kami yang bernafas dengan paru-paru, bukannya dengan insang. Kami ini manusia butuh udara yang bersih, bukan penuh asap.
Lokasi : Kumpeh, Muaro Jambi #KabutAsap #KebakaranHutanMakinMenggila pic.twitter.com/ZwGMVhItwi
— Zuni Shofi Yatun Nisa (@zunishofiyn) September 21, 2019
Red sky seen in #Jambi, Indonesia. What you’re seeing is Mie scattering/ Reyleigh scattering. The reason this is happening is due to toxic pollution which is 153% higher than what is typically considered to be toxic air pollution. We have screwed this
planet.🙁😣 #AirPollution pic.twitter.com/pX9A0HBEk1
— Juned Sumra (@JunedSumra) September 24, 2019
— Sharon Salim (@sharonssalim) September 23, 2019
Hoping and praying for Jambi that the concerned authorities look into this matter before it’s too late.