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September 21: International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations

by Denis Burke — last modified Sep 19, 2013 03:35 PM

You don't just build forest

Monoculture tree plantations have been posited as solutions to a wide array of environmental problems, notably as a contributing solution to climate change. We define monoculture tree plantations as industrial-scale tree monocultures that produce pulp for paper, wood, oils and agrofuels. Unfortunately the logic informing these assertions is fundamentally flawed – you don't just build forest. The video below from Radio Mundo Real explains...

 

Silent Occupation from Radio Mundo Real on Vimeo.

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But more worrying still, is that the practice of throwing up these artificial forests around the world has led to some deeply disturbing practices. People have lost their land, animal habitats have been destroyed, and irreparable damage has been done to natural and historical heritage.

Hand in hand with this phenomenon is the financialisation of nature, a process whereby financial markets create new "financial assets" and new ownership rights for all things in nature.



You can read more about Friends of the Earth International's commentary on this year's International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations.

 

Friends of the Earth International's commentary on this year's International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations

 

More on Financialisation of Nature

 

Even more (this one is very detailed but well worth the read!)

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