2002 - Updated March 2006
LGVN Environmental - Deforestation
while the rest of the world can only watch in horror
As a country
of rich bio-diversity on which the entire planet largely depends
for environmental stability, Brazil continues to display an astonishing
disregard for both its natural habitat and animals.
At the turn
of the millennium, Brazilian congress was voting on a proposal to
reduce the Amazon forest to 50% of its current size in just a few
years, (bearing in mind that tens of thousands of square miles had
previously been destroyed). By the mid 2000s the forest had been
faster these horrific proposals indicated.
Areas the size of Belgium in the Brazilian rainforest are being
cleared annually by illegal loggers. The logged land is then used
illegal crop plantations and cattle ranching.
The Brazilians are making huge profits from this illegal activity
by tapping into the public demand for GM free foods
such as non-GM soy beans. Once the
soy crops have been harvested, the land becomes useless and nothing
is able to grow in these areas again. The
wood from the trees cut down is sold as wood chips and besides soy
crops, the land is used for livestock; cheap beef and leather, much
of which ends up as hamburgers in fast food restaurants
and sofas in discount furniture stores.
Destroying the natural world in such a huge scale means this man-made
catastrophe is now beginning to effect all life on earth ... with
need forests to breath. They generate a high quantity of the world's
oxygen. In rainforests, the interdependency between flora and fauna
is one of the most delicate on earth. Rainforest top soil is unique
and holds some of earths most rare animals and precious, natural
plants. Understanding the biological make-up of such plant species
(which are becoming extinct daily through logging) could help cure
many diseases. At the current rate of deforestation, this planet
will be void of any bio-diversative, self-sustainable natural forests
and habitats in 25 years.
Rain forests such as the Amazon take tens of thousands of years
to grow and their hardwood trees take hundreds of years to mature.
The loss of wildlife and their habitat is irretrievable once it
has gone. That is why the Amazon has no chance of regenerating.
Brazil has proved to be the foremost culprit in this devastating
action. Ironically 180,000 square kilometers already deforested
are abandoned, since the areas without their trees have proven to
be unsustainable due to acidic soil, which then become unsustainable
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of the list in appalling animal trade
being responsible for decimating the worlds largest rain forests,
Brazil is also top of the list when it comes to an appalling trade
in animal smuggling.
Network Against trade in Wild Animals (Renctas) recently launched
a global alert about the illegal trade, which is thought to be responsible
for a large proportion of the 100 species that disappear from the
planet each day. Renctas says that in Brazil alone, 12 million animals
a year are removed from their natural habitat for sale to unscrupulous
collectors at home and abroad. Many of the species are extremely
rare such as the Single Blue Lear Macaw with only 150 remaining
in the wild.
huge for the ruthless traders who are already responsible for death
threats sent to Renctas president Dener Giovanini. Giovanini is
slowly making progress whilst attempting to wake up the Brazilian
Government to the situation. He says that his campaign hopes to
encourage Brazilian police officers and border controls to take
tougher action against illegal trading.
With video and
poster campaigns Renctas also hopes to educate the Brazilian public
in general about their ignorant and careless treatment towards the
says: Will the wars of the future be "enviro-wars"?
forests oceans and wetlands should not be owned by anyone, and a
country should not have the sovereign right to destroy any of this
planet's arteries of life, which might run through its territories.
If countries like Brazil and Indonesia (see
Palm Oil report)
continue to display such irresponsibility and ignorance towards
the earths natural resources (which generate earth's very stability
to survive), it may well be the disputation that finally triggers
other nations to take protective action to stop further environmental
destruction - for the sake of planetary survival - and particularly
towards countries where government corruption thrives.
The USA continues to pump out 25% of the worlds damaging carbons,
since its government too, ignores the worlds call for a drastic
reduction in its pollution output.
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