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Wanderland
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04:15 PM on 02/28/2011
Will Brazilians stand idly by while this record stands?

The gauntlet has been thrown down. Which country has the cojones to pick it up?
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jujubees
starch, gum and corn syrup, bees extra
02:39 PM on 03/01/2011
Haiti?
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tedsingingfox
Fund schools, not prisons. Classmates > inmates.
03:26 PM on 02/28/2011
Now THAT'S a record I like seeing broken. WTG, Filipinos!!
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GirlUsingBrain
The most dangerous animal in the forest is man.
03:19 PM on 02/28/2011
This is a wonderful project! My congratulations to all involved for recognizing the value of your forest.

Worldwide, these kind of projects are growing in number. Here is the link to one fantastic tree-planting project in Tanzania.

http://www.blackwoodconservation.org/
02:48 PM on 02/28/2011
Americans plant approximately two and a half million acres of trees annually. This annual planting roughly equals the size of the State of Connecticut.

http://forestry.about.com/cs/treeplanting/a/tree_plt_stats.htm
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HeadAches
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04:19 PM on 02/28/2011
How many acres are cut down each year?

According to FAO, http://www.fao.org/docrep/x5396e/x5396e03.htm the US would need to plant 50 million acres each year to compensate for what has been logged. The same reports states in the United States between 10 and 20 million acres (4 and 8 million hectares) of forest are cut over each year.
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Scandinavian007
02:20 PM on 02/28/2011
It is Amazing to see people still living quite ( what would be a correct word) basic and they still put a bigger effort for nature in comparison to many people living in luxury.

I admire the "youth" even if I am young myself. The peoples priorities have changed so much from the previous generation. I lift my hat to you Philippines people!!!
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HeadAches
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04:22 PM on 02/28/2011
I find this statement curious...

Of course the forest means a lot more to people living under more so called "primitive" conditions then what you in suburbia does. The forest is their WalMart and when the forest is cut down, it becomes increasingly more difficult to find what you need for your daily lives, just as if WalMart was the only store for miles and you had no car and the local store closed down and you had to walk 50 miles to the next one.

That is what the forest is to these people.
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Scandinavian007
05:06 PM on 02/28/2011
dude if you look at the picture.. They don't look like "forest people" my point was more of .. These peoples life might not be as "good" as it might be in developed countries and they still make an effort.
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Max Shaw
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02:08 PM on 02/28/2011
If more people did this, and often, this place would be in better shape.
12:47 PM on 02/28/2011
While we can all be naysayers and mourn the loss of old-growth forests and our current rate of foresting, at least they are taking some sort of action in the Phillipines. We all know that the wheels of bureaucracy turn slowly, and if we wait the decade or two or three before any types of laws regarding forestation or environmentalism are enacted without at least trying to take small steps such as this, we are that much worse off.
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jetle25
01:37 PM on 02/28/2011
I'm not being a naysayer. Its just the reality of it. I think some people don't have a scope of how things are changing fast. I think there are great initiatives by countries. But yes the wheels do slowly turn from the top. Can't ordinary citizens do something for themselves rather then wait for bureaucracy to "do something" for us. We tell ourselves Oh we are such great people we'll buy a cup of coffee at starbucks made from post consumer paper but we'll chuck it out after about 30 minutes of drinking our coffee. That doesn't really work. We need 365 days of planting and responsible sustainable foresting not just 1 day of planting or 1 Earth Day in America. Fact is 69,000 acres of rainforest are burned every day in the world. The planting of 64,000 in one day is great but only a drop of clean water in dirty tub. It should not be a separated reality or event. It should be a lifestyle change. I hope this action here follows that initiative for planting something everyday and reversing what we are doing to the planet.
02:04 PM on 02/28/2011
I understand what you're saying completely. That was kind of my point. We as individuals cannot really do anything about stopping the cutting down of old-growth forests. We are not personally individually doing it (unless you happen to be a logger for a living.) And while we as individuals can try to get bills introduced to reduce old-growth logging, can reduce our personal footprint and paper use and use our purchasing power to try to encourage the same with companies, that will only come about so quickly. At least these people as individuals are doing what they can NOW to combat it slightly. It's better than nothing, was all I was saying, and I applaud the Phillipinos even if it turns out to be nothing more than a Guinness Book gimmick.
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02:30 PM on 02/28/2011
I guess I'll be a naysayer, not of their actions, which are admirable, but on the human race in general. We have allowed ourselves to be steered in one direction that has gained such momentum as to be unstoppable due to our own human stupidity. Just look at our (USA) politics as it stands today. Do you really think the j@ck@sses that have a firm grip on the power structure give a damn about forests, not to mention non-local rain forests ecosystems, including wildlife that are part of those systems? Hell no we don'tt! says the GoP, while Dems cower in fear, with shivering knees, taking their much smaller bribes. Meanwhile the general public remains too busy in their own worlds to notice it crumbling beneath their feet.
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jetle25
12:47 PM on 02/28/2011
As great as it is to plant new trees. We should STOP cutting down old growth forests. Once they are gone, it'll take 500 years to have another old growth forest, granted they can even start to grow back from clear cutting. Especially in Rain Forests where its very hard to have trees grow back after a clear cut. They should cut down trees we plant for harvest. A sort of AgroForestry. I walked into the Natural History Museum in NYC and I saw that giant Redwood trunk. That is 1 percent of old growth left in the USA because we cut EVERYTHING DOWN. Before Europeans came there were probably huge gigantic trees all around. Now we have crappy sidewalk trees and saplings.
AveragePatriot
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11:08 AM on 02/28/2011
Wow! They make it sound like maybe global warming could be slowed way down if we simply planted more trees to replace what's been harvested.

That would be cool! Although the poor would have to pay for the new trees... I'm sure the rich would think that it is beneath them to play in to Gore's web...
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Wanderland
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04:12 PM on 02/28/2011
A tremendous amount can be done through sequestering carbon in trees and soils. It doesn't mean we shouldn't reduce emissions, because we can never sequester enough, but it has a big impact.

The 'Little Ice Age' is believed to have been caused by a combination of the regrowth of forests on agricultural fields after the Mongol invasions, and a regrowth of forests in the Americas after native populations were depleted from diseases.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110120125005.htm
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HeadAches
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04:25 PM on 02/28/2011
Wow, AveragePatirot - are you really so uneducated?

You do not understand how plants and trees convert sunlight into energy through photosynthesis?
This should be third grade biology but I guess US biology is a copy of the Genesis...
AveragePatriot
god is imaginary
10:58 PM on 02/28/2011
I'm sorry you didn't detect my sarcasm. I'll try to label it next time...
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Yorksgal
The Golden Rule Rules
10:38 AM on 02/28/2011
What a lovely story - this needs to be repeated the world over. Sadly, a lot of people just do not understand how much we rely on trees for protection of our environment.
10:29 AM on 02/28/2011
Good for them! What a nice, uplifting story for such a rainy day.
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Derek Lantin
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10:01 AM on 02/28/2011
Sir

One hopes that the authorities in Thailand and Cambodia read this article, - and hang their heads in shame.

Uncontrolled logging is still taking place in Cambodia; most of the logs are taken by organisations controlled by government figures. The Thai army happily assists them.

Thailand has logged itself out, yet makes only minimal efforts to re-forest. It seems that the Thais cannot grasp the concept of re-forestation, - “If a teak tree takes 40 years to grow, why should I bother? What is in it for me?”

Very, very sad.

Sincerely, Derek Lantin. http://dereklantin.booksabuzz.com
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GirlUsingBrain
The most dangerous animal in the forest is man.
03:22 PM on 02/28/2011
Deforestation needs to stop in Borneo, too! Orangutans are threatened due to habitat loss ... The palm oil plantations are crowding out the forest.
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Helen Stapleton
09:40 AM on 02/28/2011
I knew that this had to be the Philippines before I even read the article. There's nothing Filipinos can't do!!!
09:20 AM on 02/28/2011
My father planted hundreds of mango trees and mahoganey in the Philippines, and is still planting more. It is such a joy to see the old denuded farm transformed into green landscapes. Really, it doesn't cost much to do this, just the good intention, a little bit of patience, and a labor of love. What a great gift to the next generation.
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Kevin Atlanta
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09:13 AM on 02/28/2011
Baby-steps toward creating the healthy world we all deserve to live within.