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Amazon Rainforest Email Petition

Summary:
Email asks recipients to "sign" and forward the email to help stop deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest (Full commentary below).



Status:
Pointless

Example:(Submitted, 2003)
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]




Commentary:
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 politician.

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Last updated: 22nd November 2009
First published: 2003

Write-up by Brett M. Christensen