"Destroying rainforest for
economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal."
Edward O. Wilson
"It was strangely like war. They attacked the
forest as if it were an enemy to be pushed back from the beachheads, driven
into the hills, broken into patches, and wiped out. Many operators thought
they were not only making lumber but liberating the land from the trees..."
You hear headlines from time to time about the
Amazon rainforest disappearing at a greater or lesser rate.... The real
story is that over time the rate has stayed just the same. Year after year,
decade after decade, we have failed to stop or really even decrease
There is no doubt that the tropical rainforests
of the world are in danger. Every hour approximately six species of life in
our tropical rainforests are destroyed. Experts agree that the number one
cause of extinction in the tropical rainforest is due to the destruction of
the tropical rainforest environment."