Magazine article New Internationalist

Nature's Defenders

Magazine article New Internationalist

Nature's Defenders

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Here's a confrontation that rarely hits the news headlines - yet it has profound ramifications for all of us.

On one side are people who live in the wild places in the world, the forests, the highlands, the plains. They are indigenous people who, according to Western standards and norms, are the poorest and most isolated but who see themselves as the guardians of nature.

On the other are people who occupy the wild places of capitalism, the boardrooms of major corporations and the governments that support them. Foremost among them are the big industries - energy, mining, banking which see themselves as the guardians of growth and consumerism.

The fight is over nothing less than the natural world we inhabit and our capacity to survive global warming. With each day this clash is becoming more pertinent and intense.

Consumer demand - today coming equally from China and Brazil as well as the more traditional places - is spurring companies to penetrate the most remote regions of the world in their quest for more and yet more minerals, timber, oil and other energy sources. …

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