Deforestation, Hope, and the Internet

Hope for the Forests

I am Filipino, and I grew up in the Philippines. Say what you might about my country's horrid corruption, its peoples' cultural quirks, its utter lack of functional infrastructure, or the fact that its natural resources are degrading at an alarming rate (Of course, it doesn't help that local politicians and the national government are foaming at the mouth to sell it off piece by piece). Despite all of that though, it's still hard to deny that, as far as its remaining natural resources are concerned, my country is bloody gorgeous.

Alright, so I might be a little biased: this is my home, after all. Still. Check out Palawan; a Philippine province where a dribble of political will allowed for the creation of several world-class eco-tourism hotspots. Google a few photos and you'll find out why they're so popular.

However, even if we were discussing just about any other arbitrarily delineated geopolitical space with heavy seasonal rainfall and a tropical climate, we'd still be faced with a common concern: massive deforestation.

I can honestly say that I get depressed just thinking about it. The statistics vary, depending on the sources, but the consensus is pretty clear: every day, there's less and less forest to go around. I could go on and on about how utterly BAD this fact is for humans, the climate, the planet as a whole, etc., but I'd just end up curled up in a fetal position, blubbing into my knees.

So instead, I've opted to give myself a momentary boost. If anyone out there shares my interest or concern about deforestation: take heart. There are good things happening. Not nearly enough, but they're there. Let's keep our fingers crossed that these good things keep happening.

This article gives us an idea of how reforestation projects have have taken root (pardon the pun) both locally and internationally. And the Masarang Foundation is an Indonesian non-profit organization dedicated to reforesting the rainforests of Borneo, and offering the communities living there the education and opportunities they need to maintain them.

Additionally, check out the YouTube video I've posted below:

TED Talks: How Willie Smits Regrew a Rainforest

If forests aren't your thing though, here's a link to a YouTube video on How to Protect the Oceans.

Gotta love those TED talks. They're really informative, and the speakers are all kinds of awesome.

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