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Save Amazon Rainforest

by Rati Manjari d.d.

Posted November 13, 2004

As Hare Krishna devotees we know that Mother Earth is a person, Bhumi, and has feelings and needs just like we do. Unfortunately many people do not share this insight. The Brazilian congress is now voting on a project that will reduce the Amazon forest to 50% of its size.

If you disagree with the way the Brazilian government deals with the valuable Amazon rainforest, copy the text in a new mail and send to your friends.

First, some facts: the Amazon rainforest is responsible for the generation of 20% of the oxygen that we on this earth breathe, 30% of the world's freshwater is contained within the Amazon basin, 60% of the cancer fighting drugs used today are derived from plants that can only be found within the Amazon rainforest.

The area to be deforested is four times the size of Portugal and would be mainly used for agriculture and pastures for livestock. All the wood is to be sold to international markets in the form of wood chips, by large multinational companies. The truth is that the soil in the Amazon forest is useless without the forest itself. Its quality is very acidic and the region is prone to constant floods. At this time more than 160,000 square kilometres deforested with the same purpose are abandoned and in the process of becoming deserts, meaning that this proposal is in the short-term interests of a few, and in the long term interests of none.

People all over the world strongly object to this destructive policy. Together our voices can make an important difference!

With love,
Rati Manjari dd