AMAZON RAIN FOREST DESTRUCTION PREFACE
Amazon rain forest destruction is detailed objectively and accurately in this article published for Tony R. Elliott (Insert: Ed Smith).
FIRES BURNING IN SOUTH AMERICA
By now, most have heard about the fires burning in the Amazon rain forest. So far this year, the number of fires is said to have topped 75,000 or more. Many environmental organizations would have us believe it is due to climate change, but in a vast area of over 2 million square miles that has an average annual rainfall of over 7 feet, it would be quite impossible for natural fires of this magnitude to start.
Most of the fires are intentionally set by people clearing the land for farms and ranches while some are cleared for oil exploration and overall property development. This has been going on for decades and is the main reason behind the fires we are hearing about now.
In May, 2019 the Waorani tribe in Ecuador won a court battle against the government to keep them from auctioning off some 7 million acres of their land to oil for oil and gas exploration.
COURTS AND BIG OIL CONCERNS
With such a court ruling favoring a tribe over big oil in Ecuador, many countries who have the Amazon jungle are speeding up the land grab before more tribes are encouraged to file lawsuits. Thus, we now have many more individuals and corporations burning off land in the Amazon jungle than ever before.
If the Amazon jungle is to be saved from destruction, a large portion of it must be protected by a government, similar to many protected areas in the US and the world such as the Great Barrier Reef, Australia to the National Park system here in the US.
With the rising population in South America the need for more energy, a higher production for food, and a growing economy are necessary to sustain it. Making any effort to reduce or stop development in the Amazon jungle next to impossible. The only viable solution is to realize it is a world problem and have various countries commit to helping Amazon jungle countries have what they need while preserving one of the last great wilderness areas left on the planet.
Saving the Amazon from destruction boils down to just how devoted the rest of the world is to this endeavor. The responsibility rests with all of us.
Written By: Tony R Elliott
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