Target: Mauricio Oliva, Honduras’s President of the National Congress
Goal: Halt deforestation in order to restore wildlife populations and prevent natural disasters, mainly by ending illegal logging.
The Central American country of Honduras is blessed with an extraordinary variety of lifeforms: its fertile soil gives rise to some of the world’s most lush jungles, which in turn support the animals that inhabit them. However, Honduras is also one of the world’s most heavily deforested nations: Between 1990 and 2005, the nation lost more than 37 percent of its forest cover, and is now left with less than half of its original forest cover — a massive expanse of trees which once enveloped what is now almost the entire country.
The sheer rate of ecological destruction in Honduras has brought about negative impacts for animals and people alike: On the human end of the spectrum, natural disasters like flash flooding and mudslides are now more frequent as a result of forest loss; on the animal end, many species have become endangered or threatened as a direct result of habitat loss caused by deforestation.
One of the main causes of deforestation in Honduras is illegal logging — as much as 85 percent of timber harvesting in the country is illegal — much of it stemming from conditions of poverty. Ironically, ecotourism, which depends on having an intact environment, is considered a potentially valuable source of revenue in Honduras. We demand better forestry law enforcement in Honduras, and an end to deforestation in the country.
Dear President Oliva,
Please pressure your government to halt deforestation across your country. The rate of forest loss in Honduras is alarming and only damages the inhabitants of Honduras, both animal and human: According to Mongabay, “Between 1990 and 2005, 37.1 percent of the forests of Honduras disappeared.” This is simply unacceptable.
Direct effects of tree loss on the citizens of Honduras include soil erosion, flash flooding, mudslides and, more indirectly, global warming and its associated problems through the loss of carbon sinks. Much of Honduras’s deforestation is caused by illegal logging. Environmental crimes such as this can and should be tackled as quickly and efficiently as possible. Forestry law enforcement should be given the greater priority it deserves.
In a world increasingly affected by the negative impacts of environmental degradation, it is important for all countries, great or small, to do what they can to preserve a stable environment for present and future persons.
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Photo credit: Nagarajan Kanna