September 2, 2011
The issues on which I would like to see immediate action taken: Protecting the rain forests worldwide; this is paramount. Cleaning up and making the oceans safer to protect endangered species, also whales, polar bears and other marine life. Preventing the extinction of of the most endangered mammals, including tigers and elephants.
The Brazilian government said back in 2008, that deforestation of the Amazon will end by 2015. They’ll achieve this through a two pronged attack: Firstly, an enormous tree planting campaign will be undertaken to ‘rebuild’ the rainforest increasing the planted forest from 5.5 million hectares to 11 million. Secondly, they’re going to sue the top 100 illegal loggers. Environment minister, Carlos Minc said, “We’re going to blow all 100 of them out of the water and then some.” Sadly, we all know corruption and greed are at the heart of deforestation, not least from those with the power to stop it. Let’s hope this proves to be the turning point and not merely another hollow gesture.
Significant participation and an honest exchange of views regarding the environment, with the goal to reach, educate and mobilize large numbers of people.
Protecting the Environment and its natural species is the essential challenge of our time. The degradation of nature has reached alarming proportions and all sensitive, thinking people need to get mobilized. If not us; who? If not now; when?
Both Gray and Marny led a lively discussion; excellent suggestions were presented and discussed by a very involved audience. Great!