Greetings and salutations...
While I was poking about on the Net earlier,
I ran across this image from a NASA site:
As a woodworker, I have to cringe when I think about
the many, many thousands of acres of tropical hardwoods
that are destroyed like this every year. Part of the
sadness of this is that it takes decades of growth to
replace what is destroyed in a day or two of burning.
It would seem to me that it would be a good thing
to find a way to keep this tragedy from happening... With
all the technology available today, it should not be that
hard to get food and other basic needs to these folks, so
that they can have a sustainable life based on wise harvesting
of the wood from the forest.
But hey...I also think that folks should at least
make a SMALL effort to drive at the posted speed limits...
While it's a bit preachy,
<http://www.rainforestinfo.org.au/background/causes.htm has a fair
discussion of the problem. It's not as simple as "let them eat cake"--a
lot of the destruction doesn't _have_ to happen.
Unfortunately, most countries that have extensive rain forest haven't
figured out yet that those trees are a "cash crop" to be preserved rather
than an obstacle to be removed.
... and some well-intentioned,but misguided policies contribute to that
problem, specifically policies that, with the intent of saving rain forest,
prohibit trade in lumber from those rainforests. If the citizens of those
countries were allowed to harvest that lumber and sell it, the amount of
trees destroyed would actually decrease and could become a sustainable crop
in and of themselves.
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