This an extremely important story that will sadly get little attention in the cloud that is the national media. A significant increase in the level of deforestation is being witnessed in the Amazon rainforests in Brazil – as reported on the Huffington Post website.
Some Brazilian farmers are calling for a weakening of environmental laws in the region to allow for more deforestation. The cost of allow this to happen and allowing for any more deforestation of rainforest anywhere is tremendously huge.
I can’t come up with a strong enough phrase to describe how catastrophic this is. The rainforest are vital for wildlife habitat and for the overall health of the planet.
We all would be far better off if governments in these regions would pay the farmers a healthy sum of money for the land – enough to support their families for some time. Certainly in the long run, in economic, environmental terms and in terms of protecting habitat, the cost of purchasing the land in this way will be far less than allowing what is happening now to go on.