VICTORY: Brazil Expands Amazon Protection
Calls upon Rich World to Do More for Environment
Brazil'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.