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Published:  2015-10-25 Views:  812
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When The Ants Marched To Save The Rainforest

On 12 August half a million ants marched with mini-banners carrying messages asking for protection of the world’s biggest rainforest in Brazil.
This most unusual rally took place at a zoo in Cologne, Germany, organised by concerned German ecologists from the World Wildlife Fund.

The leafcutter ants, originally brought from the Amazon rainforest, carried signs made of leaves with various slogans such as “Save the Amazon”, “Our homeland”, “Say no to saws” and “Help, Merkel,” all meticulously laser-cut by activists.

 

The march, which took place just before German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s trip to Brazil, was designed to draw Merkel’s attention to the deforestation of ‘the lungs of the planet’ before her meeting with Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff that week.

The soaring problem of deforestation and illegal mining in the Brazilian Amazon River   Basin, which is home to the largest rainforest in the world, has long been a matter of concern to ecologists globally.

The good news is that Norway pledged R14 billion to the government of Brazil if it could slow down the destruction. Now that’s putting your money where it could make a difference. Over to you - Brazil!


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