Jun 18, 2009
Logging - Who Benefits?
Saw this on the way back from the farm today. There were 6 of these trucks. Some of the logs must be from trees that are 80 to 100 years old.
Wish I were an economist; then it would be a simple matter of working out the numbers that nobody benefits from cutting down these trees. Not the people, not the country.
Not when you add up all the indirect, long term costs, including costs of ensuring steady supply of clean drinking water, costs of piping water from Pahang to KL, costs of mitigating landslides, loss of fisheries, cost of storm damage, etc.
Ironic isn't it, that one of the greatest loggers of all, a Malaysian, will soon be knighted by the Queen of England.
And even more ironic; on the one hand we spend millions promoting the planting of trees while on the other, we continue to hand out logging concessions.