Floresta zero

We are waiting for the UN troops

in Amazonia (BR) and Campania (IT):

FOR HOW LONG? LET’S ACT NOW!

 

Enquanto isso, no campo

A grilagem continua,

A prática do escravismo,

A violência mais crua,

A agressão ambiental

Na flora se perpetua.

(Medeiros Braga 2007, O Cordel da Reforma Agrària)

Deeprecession acredita que YA BASTA! Os governos Lula tivem tempo demais, gastarom quase todo isso, e demonstrarom nao saber defender os intereses indios e da natureza (see our post 3 weeks ago, “Saudade de uma Amazonia perdida”, in occasion of Marina Silva’s exit). O tempo chegou de uma autoridade internacional entrar na Amazonia, com forças armadas das Naçoes Unidas, para defender o Patrimonio No.1 da Humanidade (a rainforest da Amazonia) dos atacos de fazenedeios e seus aliados em Brasilia.

Publicamos do sitio do Mov. Sem Terra:

Via Campesina exige rejeição do “Floresta Zero” pela Câmara

05/06/2008

Integrantes de entidades da sociedade civil e movimentos sociais – entre eles, a Via Campesina Brasil e o Greenpeace – participam da Comissão Geral sobre a Amazônia que acontece nesta quinta-feira (05/06), às 14h, no Plenário Geral da Câmara, para exigir a rejeição do Projeto de Lei 6.424/05, de autoria do senador Flexa Ribeiro (PSDB/PA), conhecido como ‘Floresta Zero’.

O Projeto, que passou no Senado e tramita na Câmara dos Deputados, autoriza a derrubada de até 50% da vegetação nativa em propriedades privadas na Amazônia e legaliza praticamente todos os desmatamentos que, nos últimos 40 anos, derrubaram cerca de 700 mil quilômetros quadrados da área original de floresta – o equivalente a quase três estados de São Paulo. O Projeto também desobriga os responsáveis pelos desmatamentos de recuperarem o que derrubaram, permitindo que um desmatamento realizado no Pará, por exemplo, seja compensado com o plantio de árvores no Rio de Janeiro.

“Ao invés de aumentar a proteção do meio ambiente e estabelecer metas para a redução do desmatamento, o Congresso Nacional estará dando as costas para a Amazônia e abrindo as portas para mais destruição, agravando uma situação que já coloca o Brasil na incômoda posição de quarto maior poluidor do clima do planeta”, afirma o documento que será distribuído pelos manifestantes a partir das 14h, no Salão Verde da Câmara.

 

FAQ: What has Camorra’s Campania to do with this?

NOTHING: just an emergency need of UN troops.

Cfr. Roberto Saviano (2006), Gomorra (various worldwide ed.).  A cameo adding to Loretta Napoleoni’s Rough Economy fresco: the South Tirrenic coast of Italy is  directly governed by multinationals (camorras, ndrangheta, mafia), the State has since long stopped to simulate a control, after having financed the Camorra’s take-off with fake earthquake compensations in the 1970s.  Corrupted and\or criminal politicians, like post-communist Bassolino, (No.1: as former Napoli Mayor, now Campania Governor) sold their soul, and Neapolitans to the camorras. The strongest clan, the Casalesi, has emitted a Fatwa to Roberto Saviano, obliged to live in legal clandestinity after his book.

Until the LIBERATION WAR will come: GARIBALDI 2.

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Saudade de uma Amazonia perdida

UPDATE.  FT:

May 19: A brighter future for the Amazon (???)

Carlos Minc, Brazil’s new environment minister, won’t have his feet under his desk before the government auctions a concession to build and run the second of two controversial hydro-electric power stations in the heart of the Amazon on Monday 19.

Goodbye, Amazon rain forests

Posted in BusinessDaily lifeEnvironmentGlobal warmingGovernmentScience at 11:20 am by LeisureGuy

And goodby to uncounted species of plants and animals. Business has won, as reported by Daniel Howden in The Independent:

Brazil has been accused of turning its back on its duty to protect the Amazon after the resignation of its award-winning Environment Minister fuelled fresh fears over the fate of the forest. The departure of Marina Silva, who admitted she was losing the battle to get green voices heard amidst the rush for economic development, has been greeted with dismay by conservationists.

“She was the environment’s guardian angel,” said Frank Guggenheim, executive director for Greenpeace in Brazil. “Now Brazil’s environment is orphaned.”

In a letter to President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Ms Silva said that her efforts to protect the rainforest acknowledged as the “lungs of the planet” were being thwarted by powerful business lobbies.

Marina Silva

overcame poverty, disease and illiteracy in her childhood and adolescence. She was born in the state of Acre, and worked extracting rubber from trees in the forest. She met Chico Mendes, and joined his efforts to organize peaceful demonstrations against deforestation. Mendes was assassinated in 1988. In 5 years as a Minister, with determinacy, she changed the Brasilian Govt. previous culture: environmental illiteracy and straight developmentalism. And became a global green icon. FACTS MATTER:

– 1m sq km of land in the Amazon in recent decades have been cleared, subtracted;

– after some improvement, the situation is now worsening again, namely South of the rio Amazonas. Half of world rainforests, this is a unique environment, basically because the only one unchanged across 11 million years, not just a few thousands.

For the first time in the entire history of Brasil, the voice of the couple “Indigenous people – Rainforest” had entered the Govt. Now it is out again.

FT

Brazil’s environment minister quits

By Jonathan Wheatley in São Paulo

Published: May 14 2008 22:23 | Last updated: May 14 2008 22:23

Brazil’s environment minister has resigned after becoming increasingly isolated within the government.

Marina Silva, who rose from poverty in the Amazon state of Acre to become a global figurehead for environmental activists, resigned late on Tuesday in a manner typical of her way of operating: she wrote to President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and immediately announced her decision to the media, leaving no room for possible negotiation.

(..) during five years in the job she found herself in growing conflict with ministers pressing for the approval of infrastructure projects, many of which have been held up by the long process of obtaining environmental licences.

The most visible such project concerns the River Madeira in the Amazon, where two hydroelectric generating plants are to be built against fierce resistance from indigenous people and environmental groups. Mr Lula da Silva irritated Ms Silva by commenting that Brazil’s economic development was being held up “for the sake of a few fish”.