VICTORY: Brazil Expands Amazon Protection

Calls upon Rich World to Do More for Environment
AmazonBrazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has announced massive protections for the Amazon on the eve of a United Nations biodiversity meeting starting in Brazil. The Brazilian government has announced that 84,000 square miles of the Amazon rain forest – an area about the size of Kansas – will be declared a protected zone over the next three years. Let us hope this is preservation in an intact state, and not illusory “sustainable” logging.

President da Silva took the opportunity to challenge the rich, over-developed world to expand its protection of the environment. The Brazilian leader rightly blamed industrialized nations for the “unsustainable patterns of production and consumption… It is unacceptable that poorer nations continue to suffer the main burden of environmental degradation”.
EcoInternet's network has been instrumental in successfully advocating for the Brazilian government to increase Amazon rainforest protections. Similarly we will persevere and succeed in uniting the rainforest conservation movement behind the goal of ending ancient forest logging once and for all – shunning and shaming those environmental miscreants that promote industrial forestry in primary and old-growth forests as being desirable.
Illustrating their conflicted campaign strategy, Greenpeace released maps at the biodiversity conference showing that only 10% of the world's forests remain in an intact condition. Yet Greenpeace supports and advocates for industrial forest logging from Canada to Brazil. Given only 10% of the world's natural forest heritage remains, perhaps Greenpeace and friends can explain why they continue to support industrial forestry (certified and otherwise) in these last ancient primary and old-growth forests?
Greenpeace's forestry campaign needs to get its act together and end its megalomaniacal and schizophrenic ways. You can not both industrially log and protect/preserve ancient rainforests. It is unconscionable that organizations viewed as rainforest protectors have become rainforest logging apologists.
Getting Greenpeace, WWF, Rainforest Action Network and the World Bank out of the ancient forest logging support business must become a major focus of the rainforest movement. Only after their appeasement has ended, and we unite behind a call to end ancient forest logging, will the world's rainforests have a chance for survival.

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15 Responses

  1. Lance Olsen says:

    Although Lula did not mention it, Brazil's any protection of Amazon Basin forest is fundamental to protection of its hydropower ambitions. That is, the nation's huge expenditures on hydropower would be squandered money if the nation removes much more of the forest responsible for keeping Brazilian waters flowing.
    Lance Olsen, Project Director
    Cold Mountain, Cold Rivers
    Missoula Montana

  2. Bonnie says:

    Terrific. Thank you for info.
    Bless your ever-loving heart,

  3. Sue says:

    thanks for the good news items today!

  4. Raoul says:

    There is a glimmer of hope at times when news like this comes through.
    But it won't be sustainable if we don't all keep on trying our best.
    Remember, if you are doing well, give some of it back to Planet Earth. It's the only planet we've got.
    Best Wishes

  5. Elaine says:

    that is fantastic news!!! thank you for sharing it!!
    new Zealand

  6. Bill says:

    Hi Glen,
    Insofar as I can tell, what Lula has just announced is nothing new–he's
    just restating Brazil's longstanding commitment to dedicate 10% of its
    Amazon territory to the Amazon Region Protected Area (ARPA) system, as fully
    protected reserves. ARPA is partially finished but many of the newly
    designated reserves are currently little more than “paper parks”, without
    infrastructure or adequate protection.
    I may be mistaken about this, but it'd be a good idea to check this out and
    then clarify with your listserv members, if I'm correct. If I'm right, then
    Lula should be praised for his standing commitment to ARPA, but not for a
    major new forest-protection initiative.
    Best, Bill

  7. Gary says:

    2 great pieces of news in one day! It gives you hope :o)
    Thank you & all of you (including the readers) keep up the good work, Peace & love

  8. Pete says:

    Absolutely agree with you about Greenpeace & the others, Glen.

  9. Jerry says:

    I am glad you are standing firm on not logging the old growth no matter what. I share the conviction in particular I am one of those tree huggers who also believes that peace is possible if we can learn to envision and work toward it; how closely this is also tied to our the preservation of our dear trees.

  10. Sam Legge says:

    I am probably being rather naive and uninformed here, but could somebody explain in a basic way how Greenpeace and the other's are not helping matters?
    Many thanks,

  11. Michele says:

    Hi Glen,
    I'm happy for victories.
    I hope that brazilian governement (and others in the world)
    will find the way to control these huge areas.
    As already writed to you they could use Army forces to do it (they
    to do something instead stupid exercitation). We could suggest it to
    Lula. What about?

  12. Clara Ghimel says:

    It´s good news. As a Brazilian citzen, I´m very sad that few Brazilian people dont get envolved in this kind of important question to Brazil and for the all planet. Take Action!!

  13. Claus says:

    Great Glen!! Nice to get the good stories too, keep on pushing. Need any help? Oh… michele, good idea, lets try to think about other ways they could protect the forest as well as using the army. They have to see the value of having these huge areas of forest in some way, and I dont think they do.

  14. Iona says:

    Thanks, Glen. This is a good one.

  15. I am a documentray maker who has been researching on the Amazon protection subject for some time. How can this positive news be ampilfied into mainstream media? Any ideas?

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