September 21: International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations
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...
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.