“Brazil’s National Institute of Space Research, which tracks the damage, calculates that one-fifth of Brazil’s Amazonian rain forest—the world’s largest remaining ‘green lung,’ which absorbs billions of tons of carbon dioxide—has been destroyed since the nineteen-seventies … In these places, all that stands in the way of the destruction of the Amazon is the ability of a few thousand indigenous leaders to resist the enticements of consumer culture.” Jon Lee Anderson: Blood Gold in the Brazilian Rain Forest.

+ Maybe the trees can figure out a way to defend themselves. They are, after all, a lot smarter than you think. Nautilus: Never Underestimate the Intelligence of Trees. “Plants communicate, nurture their seedlings, and get stressed.” I’m guessing their thoughts about humans – in particular, The Giving Tree – contain language not appropriate for children (or seedlings).