The International Writers Magazine:The Environment - The Future
of Trees in Brazil.
a wonderful world
Gabriela Davies watches Brazil's
idea that animals and plants are sacred seems to be one that has
long ceased to exist. It will take the Brazilian government approximately
half a century to finish building the Transamazonian Highway,
the three-thousand mile long road that goes from the state of
Para, in Central Brazil, to the Peruvian border. The unfinished
highway was initiated in 1970 by the Brazilian military government
and is still not even halfway done.
I open my eyes to the bare ceiling above me, my hands reach over to
my notebook. I work for the Greenpeace committee, and have been in the
Amazon rainforest for over two weeks now. I still feel that initial
excitement every time I leave my cabin and make my way over to the main
house. This is where our breakfast is served. Not the typical watermelon
and freshly squeezed orange juice, no; the wooden table is a feast of
so many different fruits and colours, so many different flavours, it
is difficult to know where to start. I try a new type of fruit every
day, each exquisite flavour I taste is followed by a rational explanation,
in broken English, on why I should always eat that particular food.
Graviola looks more like a strange obese cucumber, but is delicious
and apparently cures diabetes, says the native Indian who shyly serves
me my food.
It is strange to think that in a matter of years this fifteen-year-old
girl might be working in a MacDonalds, as she barely knows the
use of bread. Here in Tucurui the children are awestruck when they seen
a carton of milk. It is located in the deepest part of the rainforest,
and it is towns like this one, on the border of the Tocantins river,
that will soon be developed into villages on the outskirts of the big
The effects that this major construction has had on the country, and,
as a matter of fact, on the world, are endless: deforestation of one
of the biggest rainforests in the world; pollution, contributing to
the destruction of the ozone layer; it opened the Amazon region to colonization.
Meaning that the Brazilian government now has yet another region to
take care of, to supply for, another 1.5 million people to educate and
The truth of the matter is that the development of areas untouched by
mankind, and which are the few preserved areas still remaining on the
planet, is not a good idea. If goods can be transported by sea, why
build a road acrossland for them to get to their destination even faster?
Why the hurry? It seems we are in a rush to get to the future. The future,
my friends, is here and burning beside the roa. It doesnt look
square miles to 9,420 square miles (23,100 sq km to 24,400 sq km), or
an area bigger than New Jersey USA, was cut down in 2004, said Joao
Paulo Capobianco, the government's secretary of biodiversity and forests.
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© Gabriela Davies December 6th 2004
Gabriela is Creative
Arts student from Brazil studying at Portsmouth University
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