Amazon Rainforest Email Petition
Email asks recipients to "sign" and forward the email to help stop deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest (Full commentary below
The following is no joke. It was sent to me by my brother in law who is an
avid and serious biologist/conservationist in Malawi. Thank you Rachel
The Brazilian congress is now voting on a project that will reduce the
Amazon forest to 50% of its size. It will take 1 MINUTE to read this, but
PLEASE put your names on the list and forward this on as instructed below.
The area to be deforested is 4 times the size of Portugal and would be
mainly used for agriculture and pastures for livestock. All the wood is to
be sold to international markets in the form of wood chips, by large
multinational companies. The truth is that the soil in the Amazon forest is
useless without the forest itself. Its quality is very acidic and the
region is prone to constant floods. At this time more than 160,000 square
kilometres deforested with the same purpose are abandoned and in the
process of becoming deserts, meaning that this proposal is in the
short-term interests of a few, and in the long term interests of none.
Please copy the text into a 'new e-! mail' put your complete name in the
list below, and send to everyone you know. (DON'T JUST FORWARD IT -- AS IT
WILL THEN END UP WITHROWS AND ROWS of '>'s) If you are the 400th person to
sign please send a copyto:
[EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED] Thank you for your help:
[LIST OF NAMES REMOVED]
The "project" mentioned in this email petition was shelved by the Brazilian government back in May 2000. Therefore, signing and forwarding this petition is pointless.
Even if the project had been approved, it is improbable that an email petition could have any effect whatsoever. These lists of names rarely get to where they are supposed to, nor are they taken in any way seriously by politicians or any one else in authority. In other words, email based petitions
have virtually no value and do no more than clutter inboxes and waste bandwidth.
The best place for these email petitions is the "Deleted Items" folder of your email client. To reiterate, adding your name to this petition will do nothing to prevent the destruction of the Amazon Rainforest. Those concerned about deforestation can have much more of an impact by joining an environmental group, or perhaps even starting a real
pen and paper or website based petition that will be eventually submitted to a real
Last updated: 22nd November 2009
First published: 2003
Write-up by Brett M. Christensen