FAQs about the Borneo rainforest

2. How did the ecological catastrophe occur in the Borneo rainforest?

From the 1960s, hostile deforestation began in Borneo to obtain wood, which intensified in the 1980s and 1990s. After that, the rainforest where humidity and mud made it difficult to light a fire, it became an arid territory susceptible to to continuous forest fires, many of them provoked, whose effects have been felt in other regions. There are experts who believe that the great forest fires that have occurred in the last decades in the distant Australia and Chile are related to the drastic climate change of Borneo. What happened in Kalimantan was not a natural disaster because of an earthquake or a hurricane. It was an artificial disaster, since it was the work of Homo sapiens, the most aggressive species that has arrived on the planet.

WWF notes: “Until 1950, 96% of the island was primary forest, while today only 44% remains. The destruction does not slow down but increases its speed. 25% of the rainforest area has disappeared since 1980, and in the whole of Indonesia, deforestation occurs at a rate of two million hectares per year”. Some scientists say that what happened in Borneo is the largest and fastest ecological catastrophe made by man in the history of mankind. According to Greenpeace, the Guinness Book of Records, in 2008, pointed to Indonesia as the world champion of deforestation. In SGK-PLANET we have written that Borneo is an ecological catastrophe, a nightmare, a horror movie, a mirror to look at us, an example of what should not be done anywhere in the world. The recent history of Borneo is the largest and most dramatic situation of local climate change produced by human hands. There are no doubts about the responsibility of Homo sapiens in this disaster. In barely half a century, some humans destroyed what it took nature to build millions of years. The damages are irreversible. The great lung of Asia has been seriously compromised. Borneo is the story of an ecological catastrophe that has not yet ended.

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