I have lived in Iquitos, in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon rain forest, for eight years now. During that time, in Peru alone, over one million hectares of our precious forests have disappeared to deforestation.
|Near the town of Tamshiyacu.|
But now, the Romero Group, a wealthy and powerful conglomerate of several international corporations, has started to destroy the Amazon rainforest at an accelerated pace. They are planning to destroy as much as 43million acres (18 million hectares) of our forests, to create palm oil plantations.
This destruction will not only have devastating effects on the Peruvian rain forest, which as a result will likely disappear altogether, but also on the global climate, as it will directly affect the global jet stream on which the world’s climates depend. And, last but not least, twenty-three native tribes that still live in the jungle will quickly become extinct. That doesn’t make these plans amount just to ecocide, but to genocide as well.
As individuals, there isn’t much we can do. But we can put pressure on our own governments; asking them to put pressure on the government of Peru. One way of doing this is very simple: sign the petition I posted online and ask your friends to do the same.
Thank you kindly for your support.
Gart Van Gennip
Amazon CARES operates out of Peru's Rainforest and has worked in the town of Tamshiyacu and the surrounding villages many times. We have worked with the communities and animals who consider this area home, and can only imagine how devastating this destruction is to them. Please consider signing the petition and learning more about this pressing issue. Read more here.