Brazil Bust Gang for Deforesting

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  • Hey there! Today i'm teaching you about how Brazil bust a gang and accused them of illegally deforesting the Amazon Rainforest and how deforestation effects us.
  • It all started when a gang decided to go and invade public land, burn it, and then try to resell it. They were brought to court and convicted but Brazil had to ask itself, "what other people are deforesting and what are we going to do about it?".
  • Authorities say that the Amazon has suffered 38,300 acres of deforestation, Brazil estimating that the area where the gang was operating accounts for about 10 percent of the total.
  • You may ask, "Why don't they do anything about this?". Well, to understand that you need to understand why it started in the first place....
  • Nobody touched the Amazon until the 1960s. A number of government programs during Brazil's military dictatorship encouraged development and population growth in the rainforest. They gave free land away. The idea was to start living in the rainforest so that Brazil itself wouldn't get crowded. The World Bank helped finance the migration.
  • By the 1800s farmers were clearing areas the size of New Jersey. Projects like the Trans-Amazonian highway were being built to get through the Amazon easier. People were cutting down trees everywhere. In 2005, everything stopped. Deforestation has fallen about 80 percent since then,and hit a record in 2012 when more than 4,500 square kilometers (about four times the size of Los Angeles) were cleared. President Dilma passes laws that determined who can deforest and to what degree. then, recently, it spiked again.
  • So why cant Brazil kick it? The Amazon is home to roughly 20 million people.They were told to settle the same area they are now being told they're destroying.The Economist said, "No government would think of forcing citizens into poverty just to save trees".
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