We are Losing the World's Last Wilderness Areas, and Canada, not Brazil or Indonesia, is the Main Culprit

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 15th Sep 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/w74sudbb/
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"Every four seconds, an area the size of a football field is lost," said Greenpeace International spokesman Christopher Theis. This is an insanity that must stop, for if it continues much longer our entire civilization will meet certain doom.

Destroying the lungs of the planet

Most of the headlines about deforestation have centered around clear cutting activities occurring in Brazil and Indonesia, but the fact is that Canada is responsible for the loss of far more forest wilderness than these two countries put together. Since the year 2000, in spite of the media attention focused on the Amazon and the forests of Indonesia, Canada's clear cutting of its evergreen forests has accounted for 21 percent of the world's forest loss, while in Indonesia, by contrast, the loss has been four percent.

Tar sands

Canada's massive tar sands projects, along with logging and road building, have been responsible for the leveling of massive amounts of forest lands. The Alberta tar sands project is by far the world's most destructive assault upon the environment, and when completed, it will have laid barren an area of pristine forest as large as the state of Florida.

The world's last remaining large undisturbed forests house most of the planet's wild animals, birds, plants, insects and other species, Nigel Sizer, Global Director of the Forest Programme at the World Resources Institute, told a news conference. Sizer noted that animals such as Siberian tigers, orangutans and woodland caribou require large areas of forest wilderness in order to survive, and "losing these top species leads to a decline of entire forest ecosystems in subtle ways that are hard to measure."

"Trees, plants, and all the creatures that make up a healthy forest ecosystem provide humanity with a range of vital services including storing and cleaning water, cleaning air, soaking up CO2, and producing oxygen, as well as being sources of food and wood. These 'free' services are often irreplaceable and are generally worth far more than the value of lumber or when converted to cattle or pasture," said Sizer.

The Harper government

Stephen Harper's Conservative government in Canada aggressively pursues policies that are destructive to the environment. It turns a deaf ear to opinions that differ from its unqualified support for drilling and mining across the length and breadth of Canada, even going so far as to label environmental activists "eco-terrorists."

Unfortunately, what is happening in Canada, where large scale extraction projects are decimating thousands of square miles of forest lands, along with deforestation in other parts of the world that make way for the production of palm oil, soy and beef, render it very problematic whether any large-scale wild forest will be left standing by the end of the century.

The planet continues to be plundered for the sake of corporate profits, and in the halls of governments the world over, Nero fiddles while Rome burns.

Links: The World's Most Destructive Project
Digging the Earth and Killing the Future

Map from wikimedia commons
Photos from Business Insider

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Canada, Clear Cutting, Deforestation, Ecology, Environment, Environmental Degradation, Environmentalism, Rainforests, Stephen Harper, Steve Kinsman

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
15th Sep 2014 (#)

how terrible is what they are doing...thank you Steve for writing this...will put on twitter and linked in...xox

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
15th Sep 2014 (#)

Thank you carolina. I appreciate that.

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author avatar snerfu
16th Sep 2014 (#)

Most sad to hear this news, Canada could do something for conservation if they wanted to.

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author avatar spirited
16th Sep 2014 (#)

Obviously Stephen Harper couldn't care about people "harpering' about it.

Democracy should be buried when idiot Governments like this can make decisions like these, and ignore the pleas of everyone else except for the ears of their friends in big business.

Eye-opening stuff Steve. I appreciate you putting this stuff out there for us to read and to think over, and perhaps to protest against as well.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
16th Sep 2014 (#)

Thank you spirited.

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author avatar Ptrikha
16th Sep 2014 (#)

Sad and bad news for the whole world. Why not go for alternate means of renewable energy rather than such environmentally damaging options?

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
16th Sep 2014 (#)

Why not indeed? Thank you for that comment Ptrikha.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
16th Sep 2014 (#)

What human greed can cause, In Oregon back country its teh same story a lot of logging and lot of empty spaces, pity!

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author avatar Mariah
16th Sep 2014 (#)

Not good news at all...so sad to read about Steve,

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
17th Sep 2014 (#)

The terrible truth here lies in the fact, that by the time they see the error of their ways, it will be too late .
Bless you Steve
Stella ><

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
17th Sep 2014 (#)

I am afraid you're right Stella. Insanity prevails. Thanks for commenting.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
23rd Oct 2014 (#)

Recently I read a lengthy article in the WSJ by a learned professor that we are making a too strong case for protection of environment unnecessarily. Where energy is produced and habitats are established to house the marginalised people deforestation and similar acts are justified. The points you raised are debatable. Thanks to franking today the USA is not an oil importing country. Now the environmentalists object to it as they did to the pipeline from Alaska.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
24th Oct 2014 (#)

One cannot make too strong a case for protection of the environment. And fracking is poisoning people, and causing earthquakes.

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