IS THIS THE WORLD WE WANT TO LIVE IN? DEFORESTATION IN THE AMAZON
"An estimated 18 million acres (7.3 million hectares) of forest are lost each year." (LiveScience).
The deforestation in the Amazonian rainforest of Brazil harms the environment and everything within it. Up to 30,000 species are expected to become extinct by the next century quarter due to deforestation. Oil is the number one leading cause of deforestation in the Amazon to sell to large corporate countries such as the United States of America. At 66 million tons of oil annually, 27 million hectares of land are used for oil plantations today and has a record of 700 land conflicts within the industry in just Indonesia alone. Many companies have tried to move protesters by promising a stop to deforestation, however many have overlooked this and, consequently, proceeded to destroy the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, now resulting in protesters’ deaths by Brazilian police. It was recorded that in the past 20 years, 200 protesters’ have been murdered in a plea against Amazonian deforestation (Greenpeace 2016).
“Since 1996, at least 1000 activists have been murdered in Brazil while facing down the timber industry chainsaws.” (Greenpeace 2014). The Amazon deforestation protesters’ believe that the demolishing of the rainforests should be stopped due to the killing of thousands of animals, people, and the crippling effects to the environments occurring daily to produce oil and wood sources to gain money from countries