Cutting down forests for the sake of planting zero-carbon biofuel crops is like fighting for peace – war will generate even more war. Kenya’s Dakatcha Woodlands seems to face such an issue, since European companies seeking to harvest biofuel crops want to destroy the forest.
This has created quite a stir among campaigners from ActionAid and Nature Kenya, who called for the European biofuel plans to be stopped, as deforestation would rise those crops’ carbon footprint up to six times more than that of petrol. The measure would also affect some 20,000 locals who depend on the forestland. Let’s not talk about the wildlife, greatly endangered.
Besides the fact that this is the stupidest project I have ever heard of, it’s done in the name of “clean fuel.” European states aim to use a 10% biofuel blend for diesel engines. Currently, in the UK, the blend is only 3.5%.
Let’s not do this, ok? The jawdropping measures taken to protect our precious atmosphere must really protect it, fully, not just for the eyes of the people or the press. Oil companies have to get green not only in their advertising campaigns, but also in true life. Let’s not bury the bone in someone else’s backyard… once again.
Has everybody already forgotten Michael Jackson’s Earth Song? I guess some of us will have to remember it…