More Forest Than Gump

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More Forest Than Gump!

Deforestation- STOP THE CHOP

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King Arthur’s knights undertook the quest to discover the Holy Grail – the most precious of vessels that would deliver powers beyond mans’ wildest desires – happiness, or the elixir of youth to infinite knowledge. There is no evidence to support the existence of such a receptacle and yet that hasn’t stopped the world writing about it endlessly!

I have come to the conclusion that mankind is on a similar quest except the main difference being that they do not seek miraculous powers – no – their goals are more direct – greed. Money supremacy rules their waking hours! They have become seemingly hell-bent on the total decimation of our planet.

It’s a global problem – in modern times deforestation is restricted to certain areas, although there was a ‘once upon a time’ window where upon the surface of our planet was almost completely covered in forests! Many years ago, and by this l mean about 8,000 – there was roughly 6 billion hectares of tree. For the layman – that’s a lot more forest than Gump!

Now let’s move forward from there; suburbanisation, humankind, society creation, aggressive agricultural practices, mining and climate change are all ultimately responsible for literally changing the face of our earth as and from what it was once.

Mankind can wipe out a forest area the size of a football field in less than three seconds – less than three seconds to wipe that space out and if you multiply that by 20 or what is 60 seconds or just one minute and the equivalent to 20 football fields simply ceases to exist! For the sake of lumber, pulp and food production and that data means nothing to many.

Closer to home, in the rural where l am in Kent, England, l have neighbours who insist on making application after application to the councils to remove beautifully old trees – hundreds of years old in many cases – because they are ruining the view. Irrelevant to the fact that some of these trees are actually older than the houses beside them and irrelevant to the fact that they are homes to several species of animal, who thoroughly love the intrinsic beauty of their natural house.

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These factors mean nothing to the residents who wish to simply destroy the natural surroundings of their suburban homesteads – and all because the tree or trees are obstructing their views. Luckily many of these applications are turned down by the counsels but sadly not all.

Mankind simply cannot help itself – it only wants the beauty in contained and controlled areas where upon they can be viewed at leisure when convenience allows it. So even on the mini scale here in rural Kent – society wishes to wipe out continually the remaining forest we have.

Massive Rainforest destruction is the work of aggressive agricultural businesses in their continued quest for ‘improving the lives’ of mankind for consumer products and continued farming. Old and ancient trees much older than those here in rural Kent are being wiped out daily by inefficient and unregulated industrial logging practices. This industry is worth thousands upon thousands upon hundreds of thousands of global currency for all concerned and involved and as usual it is the greed element that motivates corporate destruction – it will always win the day over what is morally right.

Deforestation is literally uprooting our existence, it is encouraging climatic change which in turn further motivates more damaging results on the remaining forests – meaning that dying trees release more carbon and this in turn increases temperatures which then turns around and compounds the current threat level to high on the potential of increased forest fires and droughts.

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There is no kindness in either mankind or humankind with regards deforestation – there is only wanton destruction on a global level that is slowly leading to the demise of our civilised way of life as we know it. We must stop deforestation before it undermines our existence and work together to protect the forest we have before we run out of not just time, but air. Again l ask myself the question of – is the so called green in your pocket worth the destruction of green on our planet?

Deforestation- STOP THE CHOP

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11 thoughts on “More Forest Than Gump

  1. Bravo!!👏👏 I’m a literal tree hugger. A family vacation to the redwoods in northern California when I was about twelve really impressed upon me how magnificent trees are.

  2. Ugh! Greed! I see WAY too much of it where I live. Despicable! Everyone in my area builds from end to end on their property with gargantuan homes. So excessive and unnecessary.

    1. Hey Emily, 1005, l don’t know why people still seem to build way over the odds of what they need, l think it stems from them wishing to show how well they are doing.

      A few years ago, l learned that when we see Tudor houses here in England, the amount of black beams they have was at the time a sign of their wealth .. so only a few black beams was a reasonably well off family, whilst a many beamed house was that of a rich family.

      1. That’s really interesting. That’s a popular architecture design. I really think there needs to be a land to building ratio. Where I am located, people are taking old beach homes that are one bedroom or studio cottages on appropriately sized lots and putting massive 4-5 bedroom homes on top. The next issue, is the erosion of the cliff they just put a shit town of weight on! You would think they knew when they ripped all of the trees off of the land, that there’d be nothing keeping it from falling into the sound! Idiots.

        1. We have that over here, and in some parts of the UK, erosion is seriously bad and yet still it’s built on or close to, and l am like ”yeah, that’s pure genius!’

    1. Hey Tanya, totally agree with you, and l know exactly what you mean, when a piece of of us dies.

      Two stories that come to light of recent times. A man who owned a property wanted to improve the view from the back of his house and increase the sales market value to selling cut down a half dozen tress that were under conservation orders, 100 year old oaks and so on. They fined him £64,000 – but he could afford that – what lesson is that?

      So he lost the very thing he was after, but in the process he cut down 100 years worth of tree, that is never to be replaced, whereas his money could be made again, that is NOT a lesson learned, more like a slap on the wrist.

      Another story closer to where l live a new supermarkt is going in, their car park had some trees in there, and they chopped them down and for why? to make more space for cars – their response was for convenience to shoppers, and yet so many potential shoppers protested to have the trees kept as part of the car park, they add natural beauty to a flat surface as well as nature and shade and yet, still they were chopped down.

      Greed, it’s always greed.

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