Humans. We’re killing ourselves.
- Approximately 50% of land that could support tropical rain forests has already been lost to human activities.
- A swath the size of Florida is destroyed every year. One entire football field is cut per second.
- The effect on biodiversity will be profound: 50% of all the world’s species are threatened with extinction because of deforestation.
- This loss of rain forest, unchecked – to fuel population growth, commerce and industry – will amount one of the greatest atrocities mankind has every inflicted upon itself.
- Countless life-saving medicines have come from species that only exist in rain forests, and millions of plants and animals have yet to be discovered.
- Tropical rain forests produce about 30% of our planet’s fresh water.
- The Amazon has lost about 18% of its rainforest, while 50% has been damaged by fragmentation.
- The highest rate of deforestation is occurring in Southeast Asia, where about 70% of the area is now deforested (approximately two million hectares per year.
- Originally, tropical rain forests covered 15-18 million km2 of land surface, but by 1989 this area had been cut to less than half.
- Logging, land grabs, farming and palm oil plantations have had the most impact on rain forests. Corruption has allowed much to go unregulated. Meanwhile, the majority of multinational corporations that rely on palm oils have put profits ahead of sustainability. From toothpaste to beauty products to processed foods – these cheap, modern conveniences have generated billions of dollars in profit and have come at a tragic, yet mostly hidden, price to humanity.
- At the current rate, all rain forest and the biodiversity that can only exist there – disappear in less than 50 years.
- If the rate increases exponentially, at the same rate of human population growing in tropical countries (2.3% annually):
All rain forests are projected to disappear in less than 30 years – along with 50% of all species on earth.
One of the world’s largest palm oil traders, Wilmar international, is a Singapore-based company that controls 45 percent of the world’s palm oil market. This palm oil supplies household brands such as Procter & Gamble, Mondelez and Reckitt Benckiser.
They’ve faced huge pressure from NGOs to develop more environmentally sustainable practices.
In 2013, Unilever was one of the first multinational corporations to take a sizable step, asking Wilmar to pledge that 100 percent of the palm oil used in its supply chain would by fully traceable by the end of 2014.
But that’s just one deal and there’s still more to be done. What can you do to apply more pressure?
Post, share, use your skills in any way you can to spread this message. Beyond raising awareness, think of how you can use your creativity to affect real change. If you work in marketing or advertising, do your research. Have the difficult conversations. If you’re not in the position to, pass it up the ranks. Every single decision has impact now, and people must own up not just on principle – but for the sake of all human civilization.
Follow (and donate to) these NGOs:
But we need to do much more.
All the awareness and lobbying in the world has yet to stem the destruction. We need a sea change of sentiment. We need to shine direct light not only on ourselves – but also the governments, corporations, and supply chains that continue to destroy these biodiversity hot spots.
This isn’t a call for fringe activism or boycotts. We need pressure and constructive results. If you are a programmer, a developer, a graphic designer, an investor, a product designer or technologist - contact me.
Let’s discuss what we can do together.
* NO WAR IS GLORIOUS AND NO DEATH IS GRACEFUL
No wonder that a company engaged in the “science of death” as Monsanto, which has been dedicated from the outset to produce toxic poisons spilling from Agent Orange to PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), pesticides, hormones and genetically modified seeds, is associated with another company of thugs.
Almost simultaneously with the publication of this article in The Nation, the Via Campesina reported the purchase of 500,000 shares of Monsanto, for more than $23 million by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which with this action completed the outing of the mask of “philanthropy.” Another association that is not surprising.
It is a marriage between the two most brutal monopolies in the history of industrialism: Bill Gates controls more than 90 percent of the market share of proprietary computing and Monsanto about 90 percent of the global transgenic seed market and most global commercial seed. There does not exist in any other industrial sector monopolies so vast, whose very existence is a negation of the vaunted principle of “market competition” of capitalism. Both Gates and Monsanto are very aggressive in defending their ill-gotten monopolies.
* WOW what in the fucking hell… how does this fucking evil corporations get bigger and bigger??
WELL U CAN CHANGE BY BOYCOTTING MONSANTO. [Fuck GMO foods]
They have actually created the genetically modified seeds that “suicide” after the harvesting season. Forcing the powerless farmers to buy their seeds everytime.
NOBODY SHOULD ALTER AND TARNISH THE NATURE, LET ALONE ALLOWING THE CORPORATION THAT’S ONLY CHASING AFTER THE PROFITS BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY SOUNDS LIKE A FUCKING GIANT DISASTER TO ME.
Israeli soldiers drag away a Palestinian farmer from his own territory after he tried to prevent bulldozers from starting work on his farm land which is due to be levelled in order to build a section of the illegal Israeli separation barrier and expand the nearby Israeli settlement of Atarot, also illegal under international law, December 4, 2011. (Getty Images)
There has been an oil spill where I live
And the Prime Minister isn’t doing ANYTHING about it.
This is where I lived a month ago, these are the beaches that I live next to.
This is it now.
This is the beach, now.
Because of this:
That’s industrial civilization!
This shit brings me to tears
Absolutely no respect shown by corporations for our home planet earth… FYI that’s New Zealand. Shit likes this baffles me.
I’ve read Ishmael and he is one of my favorite authors that dispel the myths of the dominant culture or “The Takers” as he calls us civilized humans that benefit from the destruction of the natural world in order to sustain a lifestyle of decimation of the natural world. I’m talking literal decimation - 90% of the large fish in the ocean are gone.
* Ishmael is the captured Gorilla from the zoo telling about the history of human cultures & our dangerous modern civilization that is turning our planet Earth into a wasted burnout with no resources left while thousands of different species in different habitats are disappearing at the same fucking time too.
The mankind must let the sense of superiority go & start treat the mother nature just the way we like to be treated. Respect every living creature! Our green planet earth is not a giant trashcan.
This thoughtprovking novel was written by Daniel Quinn.
“The livestock sector is by far the single largest anthropogenic user of land. Grazing occupies 26 percent of the Earth’s terrestrial surface, while feed crop production requires about a third of all arable land. Expansion of grazing land for livestock is a key factor in deforestation, especially in Latin America: some 70 percent of previously forested land in the Amazon is used as pasture, and feed crops cover a large part of the reminder. About 70 percent of all grazing land in dry areas is considered degraded, mostly because of overgrazing, compaction and erosion attributable to livestock activity.”
* So it’s an obvious fact that the impact of vegetarian lifestyle on the environment is considerably less than the meat eating lifestyle.
less carbon footprint.