Invest in rainforests now

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 August, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 August, 2009, 12:00am
 

Tropical rainforests are disappearing at an alarming rate. Scientists fear they will vanish within 40 years if nothing is done.

We are doing very little to stop this destruction. Let's take a look at our everyday lives. On what are your exercises printed? Paper. On what are you sitting? Wooden chairs. Where do you put your clothes? A wardrobe possibly made out of wood.

The hamburgers you eat, the coffee you drink - they are all affecting the rainforests.

Rainforests play a vital role in the ecological balance of the earth. They absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. The animals rely on these forests for their food.

Human activities like farming, commercial logging, mining for iron ore and gold, and road construction are destroying rainforests in the Amazon and Africa's Congo Basin.

We should learn more about these 'miracles of nature' and try to save them for our future generations.

Alvin Au Kai-man, St Paul's Co-educational College

From the Editor

Thanks for your letter, Alvin, and your heartfelt plea. Our lives have an impact on people on the opposite side of the world. Just because we can't see the misery we cause does not mean it's not happening. Some people believe that our careless activities are not really hurting anyone. But that is just not true.

Take a look at the ongoing saga of the poor folk in Liuyang city, Hunan , where at least five people have died because of toxic pollution from a factory making materials for electronics. This story has been extensively covered by the Post. Buying the latest gadget is something we barely think twice about these days. For the people of Liuyang, our choice means life or death.

Susan, Editor

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