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A Step Closer to the End

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.

The surface of Venus

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

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Cheers for Sir Roger Moore and Tears for the Baby Elephants!

CHEERS FOR SIR ROGER MOORE!

Sir Roger Moore and his wife from website http://www.klast.net/bond/rm_bio.html

Not only was he a fantastic James Bond and a yummy Saint – he is now PETA’s UK ‘Person of the Year’.  He also has a BIG heart for vigorously fighting against the gross practice of foie gras. This is the abhorrent business of force feeding ducks and geese so that their livers enlarge and even explode. He wrote to every member of the House of Commons asking them to do whatever they could to end foie gras sales in the UK.

Because of his activism, Selfridges has stopped selling foie gras! We all applaud you, Sir Roger! What is most impressive is that this is one celebrity who uses his name to get results!  He has used his privileged position to bring positive change to the world and help stop suffering.

When the market for a product dries up then the killing and suffering stops!  Cadburys has made that very discovery. They wrote to all their shareholders to tell them that the backlash against them using palm oil in their chocolate was so great that they have stopped.  Many people are furious that jungles are being burnt down in South East Asia every hour of every day to make room for palm oil plantations. Countless animals, reptiles, birds and plant life are being exterminated by the palm oil trade. Orangutans are just one species now endangered in South East Asia because their jungles have been razed to the ground.

On my recent return from India I flew on Singapore Airlines. I was very disappointed that they served Nestle Tim Tam Cornettos for dessert. Clearly marked on the wrapper was that they contained palm oil. I refused  to eat it and complained in the airline’s survey of the flight.

As I said – When the market dries up, the killing stops.

TEARS FOR BABY ELEPHANTS!

Unfortunately, since the cessation of the ban on ivory trade in Africa, there is great concern that elephants, rhinosauruses and other wild African animals are now seriously endangered by poaching. 

Roslyn with an Indian elephant (with tusks intact)

It is so sad to see how the killing of the adult elephants has now left a generation of orphaned baby elephants. 

Bear in mind that the ivory is used in  the Chinese herbal medicine market as most countries have a ban on the importation of ivory and Ebay has banned the sale of products containing ivory. There are quite acceptable alternatives to ivory in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and although China doesn’t care to know about them, they will have to find out what they are when the elephant becomes extinct.

When the market dries up the killing will stop.

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