Monday 23 December 2013

Rain Forest Warriors: How Indigenous Tribes Protect the Amazon by JunTian

Summary: Since the early 1980s, photos from space have showed that more and more greens are disappearing. Brazil's deforestation rate had reached an alarming 27,000 square kilometers per year. These destruction only stop at the borders of the lands of indigenous tribes. This part of the forest is  home to roughly 7,000 Kayapo Indians and, to the south, another 5,500 Indians from 14 different groups. Over the years, these indigenous people have been fighting against ranchers, loggers, and gold miners. Luckily, legal protectors are there to provide aid. With their help, the Kayapo fought for and won official recognition of their lands in the 1980s and 1990s. On the other hand, their southern neighbors were already living in a smaller protected area, the Xingu Indigenous Park, established in the 1960s. However, this area lacks proper governance. Violent conflict over land, illegal logging and gold mining, fraudulent land deals, and other corruption are rampant. Laws are not protection enough. Therefore, some native tribes have staged protests, pressured the government, and fought on the ground to secure their rights. Some have also formed alliances with environmental and indigenous-rights organizations, which have helped them to form their own nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), enabling them to enlist further outside backing.

Opinion: I feel that the problem over logging is getting worse and more need to be done in order to stop this devastating phenomenal. Huge areas of lands are being destroyed daily and the natives as well as animals who belong there are at the threat of having their home lost. Luckily, there are many NGOs that volunteer to offer help to them. This allows them to fight for their rights legally and stop further destruction from being caused. The natives have also been doing their best to fight for their rights.  However, this is not enough and more have to be done. I hope that more people can volunteer and offer help to these natives, and to mother earth.

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