Prince’s Rainforests Project

The Prince’s Rainforests Project (PRP) today launched a worldwide campaign to raise awareness of the issues of our dwindling rainforests and the impacts of widespread deforestation and destruction.

Kudos to Prince Charles.  He has made a video to help launch the campaign and he gives a sincere and not-that-cheesy plea on behalf of our most vital resources, the rainforests.  A well presented video with an accurate and vitally important message.

Oh, and please disregard the silly green puppet frog at the end.  The cute and cuddly real amphibians featured in the video are fine but they should lose the felted frog.  That really is cheesy.

“The future of the Rainforest is our future too.”

The Prince’s Rainforests Project

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6 Responses to Prince’s Rainforests Project

  1. matt says:

    In Brazil apparently the rate of deforestation has slowed … because the price for soya beans has dropped on the international markets. A significant amount of deforestation is unregulated and illegal, driven by market demand for produce or primary materials from rich countries such as our own.

    Not sure what Charles or anyone else can do about this. If there was serious money put into paying those countries with forests to protect them, create alternative employment and copy the Mexican anti-poverty schemes (which have worked well), then there might be a chance to slow deforestation.

    It took England’s Kings & Queens 2000 oak trees to build a decent war ship to meet their expansionist ambitions. Europe wiped out huge areas of forest over the centuries for economic reasons. It’s understandable why developing countries have the urge to do the same now. They need to see a credible programme that will go a long way to plugging the wealth gap if they leave their forests pristine. That plan should involve the GEF

  2. earthpal says:

    That’s not the response I was expecting but I fully agree with you, as you know. And I don’t think Charlie-boy would disagree.

    Spot on about the Monarchy of England and their history of expansion/colonisation. Of course it’s understandable that developing countries have the urge to do the same. They need to protect their livelihoods etc.. I’ve said that often enough myself. Remember my post on Willie Smits?

    Without question, some of the extravagant and carbon-heavy activities of many members of the royal family need to be curbed but it’s good to know that some members are trying to so some good. Sure they could do more. We all could.

    I think what Charles and others can do/are doing is educating and raising awareness. If Charles can use his Prince-status to influence attitudes, then why knock it?

  3. matt says:

    Not knocking what Charles is doing, but I hope he and his team work with other organisations who have being trying to deal with deforestation issues for decades. That Wille Smits; brilliant … and doesn’t he talk fast!

  4. earthpal says:

    Yes, the Prince’s Rainforests Project is working closely with the relevant NGO’s and is liaising with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

    Willie does talk fast! Lol. He needed to. He had much to say and he needed to squeeze it all into the 18 mins that TED allows for each speaker.

  5. the Grit says:

    Hi Matt, earthpal,

    As with most such problems, the best way to stop encroachment on the rain forests is to is to help the countries that own them industrialize. Until those nations have an economy that provides a chance for most every citizen to be employed at a decent rate of pay, there is no reasonable way to keep their people from feeding their families by destroying forests, elephants, seals, or whatever.

    Well, that’s not completely accurate in the general case. Modern tree farming techniques and equipment are almost good enough to compete with wild tree harvesting on a cost per board foot basis, mostly because the quality of farmed wood is so much better, meaning less waste, and because harvesting is much more reliable and efficient. Yet, in the case of rare woods, like many harvested from rain forests, there is no tree farming industry growing that type of wood, so its only source is from wild growth.

    On the other hand, since these trees can’t be economically grown in the currently developed countries because of the weather, introducing tree farming to areas with the right weather sounds like a good bet on where aid money should be going.

    the Grit

  6. earthpal says:

    Hi Grit, apologies for the delayed reply. Politics in Britain has recently got a bit crazy and it’s all been rather distracting. I’m also busy pushing for the Greens in the Euro-elections because, due to the naughty antics that our mainstream politicians have been getting up to, the British electorate is planning to punish them at the polls. This means that a particularly nasty far-right nationalist fringe party is at risk of getting a seat. So I’ve been busy pushing for the Green party.

    Anyway, yes, I agree with you about helping the people of the rainforest countries so that their livelihoods are not dependent on deforestation. The word industrialise makes me nervous though because industrialisation is what has driven up the use of fossil fuels. In fact (and I know you don’t agree with me on this), global warming is a side-effect of industrialisation. Global industrialisation, along with growing human population is a poisonous blend for the climate and the environment. I know it’s an ethical dilemma that stares in the face of the greens, most of whom have enjoyed the benefits of industrialisation themselves so what right have we to deny others the benefits.

    But there are things that can and are being done to protect the rights of the indigenous people. Like I said earlier, people should listen to Willie Smits.

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