issue 184 - June 1988
Connect and protect
We all have a part to play in saving trees, and working together makes
us more effective. Below are some things you can do. And by joining
the dots you can help Superwoman who has found one more:
1. Stop eating hamburgers and explain the reason to your friends.
2. Ask where wood like mahogany and teak comes from. Don't buy tropical hardwoods unless you are sure they have been harvested in a sustainable way - as teak is on some plantations in Thailand and Java Look for the good-wood seal of approval produced by Friends of the Earth.
3. Use fewer trees by recycling paper and other waste.
4. Plant trees and persuade others to do the same.
5. Share your knowledge on the importance of trees with others.
6. Look for people already involved in saving tropical forests and join their work.
7. Write to the agencies and development banks that provide loans to tropical countries, and explain your views on saving tropical forests. Instruct them to oppose development projects that are socially and environmentally ruinous.
8. Encourage governments to take positive steps like putting a price on tropical forests and exchanging debt for forest conservation.
9. If you belong to a development organization, persuade it to take an active role in preventing deforestation and looking after the needs of those who most depend on trees.
10. If you have a dog, convert it to vegetarianism. Cats can be persuaded too provided they receive regular protein supplements. Full details of special pet foods, available from: The Vegetarian Society, Parkdale, Dunham Road, Altrincham, Cheshire WA1 4QG, UK.
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