For a country that successfully hosted what was probably the first latter-day world summit on global warming in Rio in 1992, Brazil’s recent decision to lay bare even more of the Amazon Rainforest seems totally irresponsible.
These vast areas are described as the “Lungs of the Planet” because they constantly recycle carbon dioxide into oxygen. They are also home to numerous indigenous tribes who live and survive under the forest canopy, plus millions of plant species, animals and insets.
But Brazil is not a wealthy country and the major road it plans to build across the rainforest will help its economy by releasing more timber into the hands of avaricious multi-national logging companies and others who seek to expand there fortunes in this region.
Surely it’s time for the world’s wealthier nations to arrive at some financial solution to kerb this rampant destruction of our life blood by subsidising the Amazon Rainforest countries, including Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru? There are numerous wealthy individuals who could well afford to shed some of their fortunes in this direction too!