South America is home to the world’s largest span of rainforest, which is none other than the Amazon rainforest, which is supported directly by the Amazon River, the largest river on planet Earth in terms of the volume of water discharged; some authorities even consider the Amazon River to be longer than the Nile River, an African river that is generally regarded as the longest river on the planet.
Logging is a necessary practice that, as its name might tell you, consists of the harvesting of both softwood and hardwood trees. Although trees are one of the most renewable resources on the planet, making them one of the safest sources of energy and other resources known to humans in terms of impact on the Earth’s environment, loggers still do damage to the global environment through logging.
Just like all practices, people practice logging in irresponsible and illegal manners. A recent report from The Guardian, one of the largest and most reliable international new organizations, indicates that a group of illegal loggers who are currently active in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, shot at group of people who are indigenous to the area in order to continue their operations without them getting in the loggers’ way. Guajajara tribe leaders, who take their residence in northern Brazil, reported just yesterday, on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, that one of their members was wounded as a result of the illicit loggers’ actions and that another member had died as a direct result of their gunfire.
Indigenous tribes of Brazil such as the Guajajara tribe had previously been protected by the Brazilian government. Most other governments in South America uphold protections that block loggers and others from clearing the lands upon which indigenous tribes to those particular area reside upon. However, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro removed many existing protections for indigenous tribes living in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest after he was sworn into office earlier this year.
President Bolsonaro removed such protections in the name of economic development, allowing groups such as loggers to conduct business without regard for the ecosystems that make up the Amazon rainforest, including the humans who have lived there without issue for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. The APIB, the leading official organization in Brazil that represents the many hundreds of thousands of people who are native to Brazil’s parts of the Amazon rainforest, also published a statement yesterday, on Saturday, Nov. 2, that spoke out against the policies of the current federal administration of Brazil that ultimately resulted in the aforementioned injury and fatality to members of the Guajajara tribe.