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4.22.2022 Is Earth Day And We Want To Talk About Our Rainforest

Published: April 22, 2022

Climate Change And Global Warming

On the 4th of April 2022 a new flagship UN report was released on climate change. This report is indicating that harmful carbon emissions from 2010-2019 have never been higher in human history. This is proof that the world is on a “fast track” to disaster. António Guterres has warned, with scientists, that it’s ‘now or never’ to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.

Staggering, it is actually frightening when you look at this. The tipping point. The point of no return for our earth.

Earth Day 2022

For Earth Day on Friday, April 22, 2022, I would like to focus on forests, trees, the turbo engine of our planet. 

I came across some very disturbing facts, and I would like to share them with you. This is quite a lengthy post, but please read it. It is for our own interest, our, and the planet’s future. Please share this with everyone on your group or friends list. It is our duty.

Here are some facts that I would like to share.

Unbelievably, over 200,000 acres of rainforest are burned and cut down every day. That is over 150 acres lost every minute of every day, and 78 million acres are lost every year!

  • 80,938 hectares of forest/trees a day
  • 61 hectares of forest/trees every minute
  • 31,565,480 hectares of forest/trees a year.

We like to talk about animal and plant species that are in danger of going extinct, but this is even worse. Our entire rain forest and other forests will be extinct in a few years; completely gone, wiped from the face of the earth. This is a horrible and scary thought.

China And MoUs

China is the largest timber importer in the world. Its imported timber comes from more than 100 countries, and some of them, particularly those tropical timber producing countries, have experienced weak forest governance.

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China’s policy approach to addressing its import of forest products, which are at high risk of having been illegally harvested, has to date, mainly been to develop voluntary guidelines and Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) of collaboration with other countries around the world, which themselves are non-binding. 

We all know what these MoUs are just a legal way of getting past all the red tape; the Chinese are actively killing the forests as most of the MoUs are with countries with rain forests. They are doing nothing to replant trees. Like termites, they devour all our earth’s forests.

In my research I also found this very scary fact and that is:  the MoUs between China and Mozambique was largely supported by WWF. I have seen, with my own eyes in Mozambique, the staggering number of large forest tree logs that are transported on heavy vehicles to the harbour. Trees that must be hundreds of years old. Endangered species.

Other countries that they have these agreements with are: the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Indonesia and Brazil. Can you see the trend?

What Can We Do About This?

  • Join groups in your country that are fighting for the safety of our forests
  • Do research on your country’s trade agreements for wood and where that wood comes from.
  • Tell the world about this. We are all so ignorant about this topic.
  • Tourism. In Costa Rica entire communities started fighting for their dwindling forests and they are using tourism to boost their planting of trees. In Botswana all the Zambezi Teak Forests are still protected and thriving because of tourism where in Zambia, a country in the strong grip of the Chinese, are destroying their Teak forests at an alarming rate.
  • Tomorrow is Earth Day. Please, please, I beg you log into the link below and help them help us by planting trees.


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About The Author
Gideon Meyer
Gideon Meyer
Gideon Meyer has over 25 years of experience in the conservation and eco-tourism industry; specializing in animal conservation, wildlife, and natural environment education in southern Africa. This includes guiding, tracking and the design of programs for animal conservation in partnership with community-based programs. Gideon also has the rare skill of orphaned animal handling and rearing, with a focus of returning them to their natural habitat. His vision is to contribute to a tipping point where the majority of humanity comes to realize that animals have as much right as people to be on earth, and to reveal to as many people as possible the magic of the natural world. He has conducted many photographic safaris in southern Africa. Born in 1968, he comfortably falls within the Manopause criteria. Visit Gideon's website, Meyer and Keesi Safaris for more information. He can be found on Facebook and Instagram.
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