Activists camp in the tree tops, demanding the implementation of the "law of the Forests".
For six days now, the activists have continuously occupied trees
inside a part of the Yungas forest that's a UNESCO Biosphere
Reserve. They'll stay there until "la Ley de Bosques" [the Forest
Law], legislation to protect Argentina's remaining forests, is
agreed by the Argentinean congress.
Greenpeace Argentina is calling for 1 million signatures to help
get the law passed, and has already collected over 600,000. If you
are Argentinean and have not yet signed,
please help by signing now. While support from all is welcome,
we need signatures from Argentineans to get this law through.
The trees the activists are living in are up to 25 metres high.
A 'land team', camping on the forest floor, supports the activists
in the trees, and all of them are trained in jungle survival
Argentinean forests going fast
Argentina's forests are in crisis. Forests are being chopped
down at a rate 8 times faster than the world average, clear cutting
a massive 300,000 hectares a year. To put that figure into context
- Argentina destroys an area of forest the size of 40 football
fields, every HOUR.
Clear cutting means just that; giant bulldozers with anchor
chains knock down all vegetation. Any "debris" is then cleared with
fire, in a matter of days ancient ecosystems are lost - forever.
The land is then used to grow genetically engineered soya, or for
cattle ranching. Jaguars are just one of endangered species, facing
extinction as a result of Argentina's rampant forest destruction,
others include armadillos and giant anteaters.
Deforestation is also one of the biggest sources of greenhouse
gas emissions. Worldwide deforestation is second only to the energy
sector as a contributor to climate change - responsible for up to
one fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions.
The Forest Law will establish a moratorium on forest conversion
for agriculture land, until a legitimate scheme for sustainable use
of Argentina's remaining forests is established. This needs to be a
transparent process, including indigenous and campesinos (peasant)
Reserva de la Biosfera de las Yungas
The Yungas rainforest is considered an international hot spot
for biodiversity by international bodies. Back in 2002, UNESCO
declared an area of the Yungas rainforests in Argentina as
'Biosphere Reserve' because of its rich and unique biodiversity.
The official name of the reserve is 'Reserva de la Biosfera de las
Yungas'. Greenpeace volunteers have chosen to occupy trees inside
this reserve, to highlight how even protected areas, are under
Nearly 34,000 people live in the Reserve and it is home to some
203 different bird species, including the eagle and the military
macaw; its 89 mammal types include the jaguar and the tapir.
The purpose of the UNESCO classification is to contribute
towards sustainable development and conservation. The expansion of
genetically engineered soya cultivation in Argentina makes a
mockery of Las Yungas Biosphere Reserve status, destroying its
unique ecosystems and peoples.
Our volunteers will remain in the treetops until the Argentinean
senators takes urgent action to give green light to the forests law
and protect what's left of Argentinean forests.
If you are Argentinean please don't forget to join the hundreds of
thousands of people who are demanding the Senate immediately
approve La Ley de Bosques. (Sorry, Argentinean's only. But
everyone can help by
spreading the word.)
We don't accept money from governments or corporations -- and our financial independence is what allows us to pressure both. We rely on over 2 million people worldwide who give whatever they can. Please join us.