Saving the Rainforests and Researching a Rural Move

MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers receive guidance on saving the rainforests and how to research a move to a rural area.


| January/February 1988



Saving the rainforests

The destruction can be stopped — and ultimately reversed — with the help of concerned people like yourself.


PHOTO: FOTOLIA/SMITHORE

MOTHER's column gives MOTHER EARTH NEWs readers a chance to ask our experts about a variety of homesteading problems that are in need of a good answer.  

Saving the Rainforests and Researching a Rural Move

Saving the Rain Forests

I've been appalled to read, in MOTHER and elsewhere, about the worldwide destruction of tropical rain forests, the resulting loss of half the species on earth and the devastating impact deforestation is likely to have on the climate and ecology of the entire planet. Is there anything that I, on individual, can do?  

The problems facing the world's tropical forest are formidable but solvable. The destruction can be stopped—and ultimately reversed—with the help of concerned people like yourself.

*Communicate your views on saving tropical forests to the agencies and development banks that provide loans to tropical countries. Write to: President, The World Bank, Washington, DC3; Administrator, U.S. Agency of International Development, Washington, DC; and President, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, DC.

*Look for other people and organizations in your community that may already be involved in saving tropical forests, and join in their work. Share your knowledge of the importance of tropical forests with others: Schedule programs, workshops and meetings on forest conservation at your school, club, church, library, office, aquarium, zoo.

*Find out if universities and colleges in your area conduct research on tropical forest, new grains and plants, agriculture or medicines. Do they depend on tropical plants for their research? Enlist their help in presenting community programs.





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