I recently came across something that I found extremely interesting. In 2006 a Swedish billionaire named Johan Eliasch bought a 400,000 acre plot of land in the Amazon rain forest for protection and deforestation efforts. Once Johan had purchased the land, he invited many influential and phenomenal scientists to explore the land in order to find new wildlife and maybe find beneficial extracts for medicinal purposes. Another interesting fact that I found was that men such as Carlos Slim, Warren Buffet, Amancio Ortega and Bill Gates could all afford to be the entire Amazon rain forest for preservation purposes. They could also supply armed forces to patrol the forest and stop smugglers from illegally deforesting the trees. I believe that if the world’s elite come together and create a force aimed to stop the deforestation of the Amazon rain forest, they would be extremely succesful.
- My Posts
- Learned Posts
- My Discussions
- Joined Discussions
- Favorite Members
- Curated Posts
In Pre-1492 Amazon, Farmers Managed Without Fires
The reason pre-Columbian farmers kept their savanna-dominated landscapes mostly fire-free, Iriarte said, was likely to prevent the loss of nitrogen and phosphorous form the soil and to keep the ground more fertile. Instead of burning, they opted for more labor-intensive practices to battle weeds and grow maize and other crops.
“They understood how to micromanage their environment for greater productivity,” said William Woods, an geographer at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, who added that agricultural burning now accounts for 30 percent of all the carbon released into the atmosphere around the world.
UCLA professor/author, Susanna Hecht, co-authored a piece in National Geographic with Charles Mann, author of 1491 (U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ Keck award for the best book of the year) about how former slaves, or maroons, mixed with Indians to shape the Amazon and have become central to its future.
An interesting excerpt that shows how this occurred:
“Living along the rivers like the region’s indigenous peoples, the masterless slaves survived the same way their Indian neighbors did: The river supplied fish and shrimp, small-scale gardens yielded manioc, trees provided everything else. Two centuries of constant planting, tending, and harvesting structured the forest. Mixing together native and African techniques, they created landscapes lush enough to be mistaken for untouched wilderness.”