Category: GREEN

Can Brazil Eliminate Amazon Rainforest Deforestation By 2020?

Amazon deforestation brazil_Pedro_Biondi

“The zero net deforestation goal for 2020 goal is not an idea from outside, it’s a demand from society. Most are in favor of reducing deforestation. There are some groups that want to continue deforesting but they are in the minority.” -Governor Jatene

Governor Simao Jatene of Pará, Brazil told mongabay.com there’s no question Brazil needs to stop deforestation which is good news. Brazil is home to much of the Amazon rainforest, often called “The Lungs Of The World”. The giant forest is so vital to the world it has the attention of many all over the world. Deforestation would spell disaster for all of us and biodiversity on this planet. Pará, Brazil is a state that “is three times the size of California and has lost more Amazon forest — 90,000 sq km of Amazon forest since 1996 — over the past decade-and-a-half than any other in Brazil.” We have already seen how deforestation exacerbates already bad situation in Haiti and famine in Somalia. Continue reading

VIDEO: Earth Hour 2012 Around The World

Sydney Earth Hour 2012

Saturday March 31st at 8.30pm 2012’s Earth Hour took place. The hour, which I wrote about in Blackouts, Candlefire and Alcohol Don’t Mix For Earth Hour 2010, is meant to “celebrate your action for the planet with the people of world by switching off your lights for an hour, then go beyond the hour.” I wonder if people take the going “beyond the hour” part seriously or if they just want to take part in this event and watch the images from participants around the world. Enjoy the video.

Photo Credit: Sydney Earth Hour 2012 via facebook.com/earthhour