An End to Deforestation by 2030

An End to Deforestation by 2030

Attendees at the November 2021 COP26 gathering have agreed to put an end to deforestation by 2030:

COP26: World leaders promise to end deforestation by 2030, BBC News, 2nd of November 2021.

Why wait 9 years? Why not stop it by tomorrow or the 31st of December 2020?

Gives organisations another 9 years to chop as many trees down as possible.

And don't look abroad to the Amazon, etc when thinking of deforestation. The UK builds around 200,000 new homes each year and has been doing so at this scale since the 1950s; an area the size of Wales lost to housing in just 70 years. Much of this land used to be filled with trees and woodlands. Is that going to stop? And what about the bullshit initiative of the HS2 train - that line has passed through some ancient woodlands, which have simply been chainsawed down.

It's all bullshit.

The photograph above is of the once ancient woodland of Little Lyntus in Staffordshire, totally destroyed by the HS2 line that stood in its way. In Phase 1 alone of HS2, 32 ancient woods were directly affected.

It's all too easy for COP26 politicians to talk of deforestation thousands of miles away in the Amazon, but much harder to face up to when it's on their doorstep, and we can see through their verbal diarrhoea. It's not just the trees but all of the wildlife they supported - and for what, a bullshit train no one will use.