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Socio-Cultural Effect of Brazil's Deforestation

How will destruction of the Brazilian rainforest alter the culture of the area?

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Brazil Deforestation & Cultural Impact to Natives

Rainforest advocacy Mangobay (2010) reports that between 2002 and 2003, Brazil lost more than 24,000 square kilometres of rainforest, an area larger than Israel. Since 1978, the devastating loss adds up to over 500,000 square kilometres. This of course has disturbing implications to climate change and its effect on global warming. One has to ask though, as vast swathes of virgin rainforest is cleared for farming and industry, what effect this has on the indigenous peoples and cultures who have lived on the rainforests of South America since time immemorial. Geographer Michael Ritter of the University of Wisconsin says that no other causes such as human activity has altered the natural distribution of forests through history. In the earliest days of man, forests are part of the landscape with human structures and human activity insignificant enough not to alter the landscape and distribution of forests. As time passed and humanity progressed, the need for natural resources and for land increased to the point of endangerment of the natural balance. Flora and fauna dependent on the rainforests have been heavily affected with some species going extinct. Just as certain ...

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The solution provides a comprehensive discussion on the possible impact of deforestation/destruction of Brazil's rainforests to the culture of the people that live in them (indigenous peoples/ native Amerindians). Habitat destruction's socio-cultural impact to native tribes is the topic of this 847-word count essay. Discussion includes current advocacy projects and results of studies on the topic. References are listed for the purpose of expansion.A word version is attached for easy printing.