Do we have enough palm oil plantations? Has enough jungle been burnt to the ground? Have enough animals been burnt to death?
No, no, no.
Indonesia, having apparently burnt down the majority of its own jungle, is now looking further afield for jungle to destroy. Luckily, it has found a whole heap of uncultivated land and jungle in the province of Papua.
Last month the Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate targeted 1.6 million hectares of land in the Merauke district of south-east Papua for development, but this could expand to 2.5million hectares.
The land has been earmarked for agricultural projects including palm oil plantations, soy bean plantations, sugar cane, corn and rice farms. Already, throughout South-East Asia, palm oil plantations have been responsible for destroying millions of hectares of jungle. Throughout the world, soy bean plantations have been responsible for the destruction of huge tracts of the Amazon jungle and Argentinian forests. Environmentalists claim that up to 2 million hectares of jungle in Merauke are under threat.
Furthermore, the project will increase the Merauke population from 175,000 to 800,000 people and there are fears that the indigenous Melanesian population, who have already been reduced by 30% since Papua was annexed by Jakarta in 1969, will be further displaced as Indonesians from Java, and other parts of Indonesia, pour into the area.
There is no guarantee that the project will be successful even if the jungles are razed. A similar Indonesian project – the Kalimantan mega rice project that caused the devastation of peatland forests in Kalimantan – did not produce a single bushel of rice.
As the earth watches the small amount of its remaining jungles and forests being slashed and burnt to the ground, one wonders what price will be paid in years to come. The rainforests, which include swamp forests that are ecologically fragile, contain stores of peat that absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Bear in mind that although we are located not that much further from the sun than Venus, the temperature on Venus is 477 degrees C. The reason for this super hot temperature is that Venus has a massive greenhouse effect. The super-abundance of CO2 in Venus’s atmosphere (96% of the atmosphere is composed of carbon dioxide) has resulted in this effect, which occurs when carbon dioxide is released (most probably from the rocks) and not re-absorbed.
Venus once had water, just like earth. In fact, astrological research shows that Venus once had continents and oceans. It is likely that billions of years ago Venus was habitable.
Did Venus have a civilization that acted with the same lack of foresight as we have on earth? Venus is made from the same material as earth and had approximately the same initial temperature 4.5 billion years ago. But something went wrong to cause the current unlivable situation.
Are we on the same crash course for destruction as Venus? Only time will tell. However, who wants to find out?
To read more about this project, go to http://wildsingaporenews.blogspot.com/2010/04/jakartas-plan-for-farm-in-jungle.html