Ecological crisis in Brazil

Reply Mon 7 Apr, 2003 05:13 pm
Brazil is considered "the lungs of earth". At the same time, it is one of the countries in which more ecological catastrophes occur.
The latest is a toxic spill from a paper factory -the last time it was verified for enviromental procedures was in 1995- which has covered the rivers with foam, killed countless fish and left half a million people without water.

Toxic spill in Minas Gerais

Some of the enviromental problems are because of greed. Others, because of poverty -landless peasants burn parts of the forests in order to raise crops, and affect ecosystems-.
Local politics plays a part -perhaps the irregular factory gives contributions to a governor's campaign, perhaps the peasants will vote for the official who closed his/her eyes to their land invasion- but the whole world is affected.

Do you think a global attitude towards these tragedies?
If so, what attitude?
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Craven de Kere
Reply Wed 9 Apr, 2003 01:40 pm
Global attitudes are tough. Brazil resents the pressure from outsiders.

The typical attitude is "they destroyed their forests and want to tell us what to do with ours"

Another popular attitude in Brazil is the myth that "Americans take plants from the Amazon for their medicine but say we can't use it"

The Amazon and international pressure is a sensitive issue in Brazil. Many believe the myths and hoaxes that circulate such as:

America offered to buy the Amazon.

In an American textbook the Amazon was labeled "international territory".
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Reply Thu 10 Apr, 2003 12:13 pm
Yeah, nationalism is often crappy.

But nationalism often calms down when the "other part" is not a potential threat to sovereignity, as another country or a corporation, but international organizations. Better still, if they come with money and are ready to dialogue with the people and convince them, instead of pushing smart solutions.

I know it sounds rosy and not very practical in the short run, but something must be done.
Brazilians have famous environment advocates. I don't know how real they are, but I guess some of them must be for real.
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Reply Thu 10 Apr, 2003 12:20 pm
Bush will say to eliminate the poisoning of fish....eat beef and give McDonalds a big tax break to colonize Brazil, also in the same way water problems will be eliminated in the same way by replacing it with coke(a-cola).

After the trees get taken down if Brazil starts warming too much Bush will suggest that to combat that merely turn up the air conditioning.

Bush can solve all environmental problems in a direct simple way without interference from a bunch of pantywaist environmentalists that should be wearing pink triangles. :wink:
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Reply Fri 14 Aug, 2009 11:17 pm
Actually Brazil is not "the lungs of the earth". The forests of trees that encircle the entire globe in the upper northern hemisphere refresh the earth's atmosphere once a year.

Check out the BBC's documentary called EARTH...
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Reply Fri 14 Aug, 2009 11:19 pm
The Brazilian rain forests actually as opposed to "not" being the lungs of the earth actually house/host probably the majority of animal wildlife diversity on the earth.
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