After all the years of knowing the tropical rain forests were being abused, it was nice to finally learn why this is. The cause to save the depleting rain forests made sense, and answers on how to do it. However in the large scheme of things this book was not that interesting, the textbook mentality dominated blurred my thoughts together, with numerous highly detailed graphs, charts, and diagrams. It was engaging however hard to push through. The critical analysis of the many forces driving the destruction of the world’s tropical rain forests was one of the most memorable elements of this book. Along with Vandermer and Perfecto’s solution to these many destructive forces. Their hands on research particularly in Central America gave them invaluable insight into how to fix this global dilemma. They were successful in conveying to the reader both the challenges and the promise of saving the Earth’s remaining rain forests. By exploring how rain forests have an easier time recovering reform short-term abuse but are able due to long term external and internal forces.
Vandermeer and Perfecto argue that an anti-globalization movement will give the rain forest a fighting chance for survival, the key is for environmentalists to unite with social and political activists. This they argue is the only credible solution for the rain forests survival a meaningful change in the world economic system. This is not purely a biological problem, factors such as food insecurity, overpopulation, exports agriculture and lack of land tenure greatly diminish the biodiversity in the rain forests ability to maintain itself. This idea of political ecology is unique in the fact that it brings two usually controversial elements together to create one large problem to solve. Yet the authors end on a positive note “ In short, the new global movement for social and environmental justice seems poised for a historic victory. If so,our remaining rain forests may survive”. (137) If they leading rain forest authorities are leaning towards hope, I also want to believe in this utopian optimism. However after this read I do not share their optimism as I question humanities ability to save these precious richly bio-diverse rain forests.
Do you believe that the destruction of the world’s rain forests is partially biological?
Would a movement for anti-globalization help the rain forests? or even ecological education on a large scale?