SUMATRA’S LAST STAND: Please watch this chilling video from the UK Guardian on the soul-sucking Sumatran rainforest destruction.
The most startling statistic: 50% of the Sumatran rainforest is gone already. And 70% of the remaining 50% is set to be razed, raped, pillaged, chopped down and destroyed by the “corporate colonialism” rampant in Southeast Asia.
(And just try to watch April Asia’s weasely corporate public relations flack, David Goodwin (about the 2:50 mark), without getting enraged as he sweats, fidgets and fumbles with answers that won’t hang him or his company out to dry on the deforestation issue. You’d think he was being interviewed on “60 Minutes” by how badly this coward is floundering and epic failing.)
The palm oil plantations and paper mills are seemingly good for nobody but the corporations, their corrupt politician-friends and the toothless police force who turn a blind eye on poaching and illegal deforestation and logging. Not alot of jobs are created for the locals by these palm/paper plantations. They’ve depended on the rainforest for their livelihood and sustenance for generations. But they can’t do that anymore when it’s all gone.
I’m finally going to Sumatra in August. I’m going now because I can’t wait any longer. I’m going now because the rainforest is being destroyed so fast I may be one of the last people of our generation to see a Sumatran orangutan, Sumatran Pygmy elephant, or Sumatran tiger in the wild. That’s sickening. But that’s typical of Indonesia’s plight. Money. Greed. Corruption. Poverty.
- Industry, fires and poachers shrink Sumatran tigers’ last stronghold (guardian.co.uk)
- Sumatran orangutans’ rainforest home faces new threat (terradaily.com)
- ‘The Sumatran rainforest will mostly disappear within 20 years’ (guardian.co.uk)
- Your Supermarket is Selling Rainforest Destruction! Get the Facts On Palm Oil and the US Snack Food Industry. (understory.ran.org