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07Fall 3 Will - Executive Summary Deforestation in the...

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Executive Summary Deforestation in the Amazon has gone relatively unchecked for decades with illegal logging running rampant throughout the rainforest. Government enforcement of protection laws has been severely lacking. Attention has been brought to the crisis in the Amazon Basin by Greenpeace whose active participation in the fight against deforestation has gained the attention of the media and the Brazilian government. Their focus on the goal of preservation has helped foster and strengthen government programs for environmental protection in the Amazon. Their actions have and will continue to help keep the Amazonian ecosystem protected from logging corporations.
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Will Roper POLS 255 Ambitious or Unrealistic? Greenpeace Involvement in the Amazon Greenpeace is one of the most famous (or infamous) and recognizable environmental organizations today. Starting in 1971 and being comprised of only a handful of concerned environmental activists, Greenpeace has swelled to 2.5 million members and has established offices in over 30 countries. 1 Over the past three decades, the many groups of dedicated activists have fought to save the planet by tackling such issues as global warming, the degradation of ancient forests and oceans, and threats of nuclear energy expansion. Over the years, Greenpeace has also stepped on a few toes in order to push their ideas. These have been the toes of many governments around the world and large businesses and firms who have managed to make a profit from environmental degradation. “Greenpeace is an independent, campaigning organization which uses direct action and creative communication to expose global environmental problems, and to force solutions for a green and peaceful future.” 2 This excerpt from the Greenpeace mission statement is very telling. Greenpeace has always prided itself on its radical change and remained independent, refusing to accept money from any government or corporation. Also while their goal is a “peaceful future” they have frequently resorted to using very “in your face” and dramatic methods in order to insure this goal and gain media attention. 1 "About Us." Introduction. 9 Dec. 2007 <http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/about>. 2 Greenpeace International.
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The Amazon rainforest is considered to be one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet, but it has been threatened by logging and “slash and burn” methods. Greenpeace has become very involved in the fight to preserve this ancient forest. They have met opposition from logging companies and politicians who see the Amazon not as a beautiful, natural ecosystem to be protected and cherished, but as a green El Dorado of sorts to be pillaged and plundered for a profit. While deforestation of the Amazon has to date covered an area roughly the size of California 3 , Greenpeace has focused primarily on the region of Pará which has suffered greatly at the hands of logging companies. But how much of an impact has Greenpeace had in the fight to stop deforestation in this poor
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course POLS 100 taught by Professor Toral during the Fall '05 term at Beloit.

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