We might have heard a little about deforestation, but let´s be honest, if we don´t see it on our doorstep, we may well just dismiss it as another fad by environmental complainers, not a real problem, so how can the issue be highlighted to prove that not only is deforestation a global issue, it really is happening on our own doorstep?
Well, now you can have a look yourself, from the comfort of your own home, thanks to Google partnering with more than 40 other organizations to create a deforestation-monitoring tool, which they call Global Forest Watch, enabling us to see what´s happening right here, right now, in near-real time.
“Global Forest Watch (GFW) is a dynamic online forest monitoring and alert system that empowers people everywhere to better manage forests. For the first time, Global Forest Watch unites satellite technology, open data, and crowdsourcing to guarantee access to timely and reliable information about forests. GFW is free and follows an open data approach in putting decision-relevant information in the hands of governments, companies, NGOs, and the public.”
Click on the link here (http://www.globalforestwatch.org/map/) and go and take a look, you can browse around the entire globe, zooming right in to your own front door, and see how the principle life-giver of all things on this planet are being destroyed.
Sustainable forests? Maybe that´s the myth, because until the balance is addressed, the belief in sustainable forestation is Sustainable forests are like the belief that putting a penny in the collection tin will end world poverty.