Target: Mozambique President Armando Guebuza
Goal: Establish the Mount Mabu rainforest as a national park to protect new species
In 2005, rainforests around Mount Mabu in Mozambique were discovered using Google Earth. A number of previously unknown species, including pygmy chameleons, a bronze snake, and over 250 different butterflies, have since been discovered, with hundreds more waiting to be catalogued. These newly discovered species need their habitat to be protected.
As the logging industry would pay to harvest the hardwood trees of the Mount Mabu rainforest, the rainforest is consistently under threat of destruction, but it needs to be protected. These new species provide a unique opportunity for biologists and ecologists to learn more about life. Of course, there’s no way to measure the value of the rainforest to the countless animal and plant species that make it their home.
Currently, rainforests account for 30% of the global carbon sink despite covering only 6% of the Earth. Therefore, a logging venture would add a large amount of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. Moreover, according to a study from Federal University of Paraná in Brazil, once rainforests are gone, it takes 65 years to regenerate the forest. Losing this carbon sink for 65 years would accelerate climate change at a time when it needs to be slowed.
In addition, leaving the rainforest vulnerable to loggers would threaten the hundreds of new species and valuable scientific data. The Paraná study predicts the unique native species of a particular rainforest will not reemerge for 4000 years. Those species will essentially be extinct to our lifetimes.
Luckily, a group of scientists for Kew Gardens has already filed an application to establish Mount Mabu as a national park, but the President needs to know that this is critically important so that he will sign the act. Sign this petition encouraging him to sign the act and save this inestimable rainforest.
Dear President Armando Guebuza,
Scientists have discovered hundreds of undocumented species in the Mount Mabu rainforest, including pygmy chameleons, a bronze snake, and over 250 species of butterflies. These species will provide valuable opportunities for ecologists and biologists to learn more about life and how to sustain human life.
In addition, rainforests account for 30% of the global carbon sink despite covering only 6% of the Earth. Any demolition of the rainforest could drastically accelerate climate change especially because it takes an estimated 65 years for a rainforest to regenerate.
It is critical that you protect this natural habitat and carbon sink. I urge you to immediately sign Dr. Julian Bayliss and Kew Gardens’ application for Mount Mabu to become a national park.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Doug Dolde via Wikimedia Commons