Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Illegal Logging Deforestation

Illegal Logging on Thai-Burma Border

During a project to provide education and basic needs to Karen refugee located at a UN camp along the Thai-Burma border we walked across a startling discovery. Once we arrived, we were warmly greeted by the Thai military contingent stationed on top of the hill, in stone’s throw distance from the first village stilt houses. Since there is no telephone reception and electricity is only available via solar power, with inferior batteries holding the charge for a maximum of two days, communication with the outside world is scarce. We had our cameras ready for pictures and video of the warm people, however we saw more than we thought we would.

Our arrival provided a welcome change to the mundane routines of the military. Their responsibility is to secure and provide border security and to address the wide spread problem of illegal logging and deforestation. We came across one of these sights and were startled to see the amount of deforestation that was able to take place.

Video of Deforestation

In the poor rural areas of South East Asia, a few fall to the temptation to earn a quick buck despite the irreparable harm they cause to the villagers home and mother nature. The pockets of a few are lined, while the rest try to just exist.

To learn more about this project, please read: Education Endeavors on the Thai Myanmar Border

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