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Brazil is burning its way to climate-change apocalypse and the rest of the world is happy to allow it

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The people of Brazil seem to have elected a lunatic determined to trigger an environmental catastrophe.

Jair Bolsonaro seems determined to turn his enormous nation into a desert – a dustbowl incapable of supporting life.

That’s what will happen if the Amazon rainforest is allowed to disappear, you see. The soil on which it stands is not rich enough to sustain farm crops for more than one or two plantings at the most. After that, the people of Brazil will be left in the dust.

That’s science.

Mr Bolsonaro seems to be motivated by something else. Greed? It makes no sense.

He can’t make money by burning the forest. Once it is gone, his people will be doomed. And there should be no aid from other countries because they will have brought it down on themselves – and on the rest of us.

I have wondered whether this is a blackmail play – trying to get us to pay him to keep the forest from harm.

But then he would not have gone ahead and started burning it – or allowing it to be burned.

It makes no sense. It is the action of a loon.

So, while I agree with everything Tom Clark of Another Angry Voice states below, I think there is more to it.

I’m absolutely sick of people saying that the “Amazon is burning” as if it’s some kind of unfortunate accident.

Massive swathes of the Amazon are being deliberately burned in a massive land grab by ranchers and loggers emboldened by far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s anti-environmental diatribes and racist rhetoric against the indigenous people and minorities who live there.

This is what happens when extreme-right racist untranationalists cheat their way into power.

For more detail on Mr Bolsonaro’s plans, see this article.

The strange thing is, there won’t be any military intervention by the nations of the West.

It seems that, if fossil fuel isn’t involved, the United States, the UK and the other so-called “great” democracies don’t care.

We certainly don’t care, it seems, about an environmental calamity being committed in front of our noses, despite having declared that the world is in a climate emergency. What hypocrisy.

Six arrested for painting Brazilian embassy red in protest at Amazon deforestation

“Climate-change protesters threw red paint at the Brazilian embassy in London on Tuesday to demonstrate against damage to the Amazon rainforest and what they described as violence against indigenous tribes living there.”

Read more: London climate change protesters daub Brazilian embassy blood red – Reuters

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Despite two democratic defeats, the Tories are STILL privatising our forests

Now imagine it filled with holiday cabins and a sewage treatment plant.

Now imagine it filled with holiday cabins and a sewage treatment plant.

Do you remember when the Conservative-led Coalition government relented on its plan to sell off our public forests into private ownership? It was only last November.

Here’s how Vox Political reported it. The article said the then-Infrastructure Bill would give Government agencies carte blanche to hand over any public land – including countryside and forests – to private developers.

But the article said campaigning organisation 38 Degrees had fought off this underhanded plan by the government: “They U-turned and made changes which will mean our forests are protected – in law.”

This was the second attempt by the government to sell off our forests. The first was abandoned in 2011.

Now it seems the Tories want to make it third time lucky.

The Guardian is reporting that there are plans to build luxury holiday cabins, majority-owned by venture capitalists, in public forests, putting protected wildlife and their habitats at risk.

Mark Avery writes: “One of my local woods, Fineshade wood in east Northamptonshire, is owned by me, and you, and every other taxpayer, as it is owned by the Forestry Commission (FC), a non-ministerial government department.

“Despite its wildlife, landscape and wider social value, the FC believes that Fineshade wood is the right place to plonk down 70 luxury holiday cabins, extra roads, and a sewage treatment plant. These would be built and managed by Forest Holidays, a company largely owned by venture capitalists, Lloyds Development Capital, in which the FC (ie you and me) has a small and diminishing holding. The development will be considered by East Northants Council on Wednesday evening.”

Didn’t we all decide, democratically, that this privatisation of our public forests should not happen?

But here it is.

And only days after we heard the Coalition in the House of Lords had voted to overturn regulations that would keep our drinking water safe from the effects of fracking. Greedy little piggies.

Is it time for another 38 Degrees petition? Or have the architects of this betrayal ensured that it is already too late?

Whatever happens, this is further proof that the Tories and the Liberal Democrats don’t believe in democracy.

They knew that the public wanted these forests to be safeguarded forever, but they are allowing them to be sold into private hands anyway.

Why, then, do they want us to – democratically – elect them back into Parliament?

Since they do not believe in democracy, they should not be part of it.

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Victory claimed in battle to save our forests

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Campaigning group 38 Degrees is claiming victory in the battle to save public land – including countryside and forests – from being handed over to private developers.
Vox Political quoted a report by blogger Tom Pride last month, which stated: “An innocuous sounding bit of legislation called the Infrastructure Bill is making its way through parliament with hardly a peep of protest from …. well, just about anyone really.

“Which is strange because the bill is about to give Government agencies carte blanche to hand over any public land – including countryside and forests – to private developers.”

Fortunately 38 Degrees leapt into action and a petition supporting the campaign to save our forests was signed more than 150,000 times within 24 hours.

In a statement on Facebook yesterday evening, the organisation told us: “The government was trying to sneak through plans which would have paved the way for our forests to be sold off. But at the very last minute, they backed down. They U-turned and made changes which will mean our forests are protected – in law. And together we played a huge part in that.

“For months, forest campaigners have been fighting for this. In the last 24 hours, over 150,000 of us signed a petition backing them. And we won.

“This latest petition has been the fastest growing 38 Degrees’ history. Today proves we’re still ready – ready to stand up to protect our forests. And that by working together we can It also proves how much power we have together.”

Now if only all those people would sign Vox Political‘s petition against George Osborne’s misleading ‘personal tax summaries’

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