Hour Late for Ancient Forests as "Corruption Stains Timber Trade" (ah duh)
The hour is late as the world's last great forests are fed into the Chinese Foundry to supply America amongst others with ill-gotten timbers. The Washington Post has written an excellent front-page expose on Chinese timber market, corruption, illegal logging and more. "Some of the largest swaths of natural forest left on the planet are being dismantled at an alarming pace to feed a global wood-processing industry centered in coastal China… They land in homes and offices in the United States and Europe, bought by shoppers with little inkling of the wood's origins or the environmental costs of chopping it down."
Ecological Internet has long been fighting the Chinese growth machine over rapacious illegal rainforest timber logging by Malaysian timber mafia and consumption by the rich over-developed nations at the expense of the world's life-giving forest ecosystems. EI wants this industrial logging industry in ancient old-growth and primary forests shutdown forever.
Another conversation I have been having with more mainstream environmental organizations is how they can think this timber industry could ever be redeemable and their activities called "certified" or "sustainable" I do not know. The do not operate anywhere approaching environmentally sustainable forest management - sustained yield for while - but not sustaining forest complexity, structure, composition, function and dynamics of a randomly evolved ancient holy rainforest wilderness.
The world and forest activists in particular need to ask themselves when there has been enough forest loss and diminishment to industrial logging and take all required measures to end it for good. That governments and companies still derive revenue from the barbarous mowing of ancient rainforest shrines in this day and age of ecological awareness and social want is sacrilege and immoral.
Rise up, end forest loss and diminishment. Rise up - dramatically reduce emissions. We must rise up everybody. It is really not that much to ask for an end to ancient forest logging now and shutter the carbon economy before it is way past too late for the Earth and her humanity to survive well.