No 0    1988?   page 9

  Green Announcement
By Antonio Piccoli

Destruction of the tropical forests due to ignorance – in the mistaken belief that forest land is suitable for agriculture – causes some of the most serious environmental damage; when instead, after five years at the most, it already becomes arid and unproductive. For those who think to make a profit selling the timber, it may give immediate profit but the results are final (non sustainable).
We are losing earth’s richest, most fascinating and useful environment, our greatest resource with inbuilt climate control, at the rate of 40 hectares per minute, that’s something like 50 football pitches. Up 'til today we have lost almost half, over 3 million square kilometres, nine times the size of Italy.

  Translation courtesy of
Dr. Marion Apley Porreca

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