Tears for the last tree by Jeff Burgess

Forests are being destroyed at an alarming rate in Brazil. According to Wikipedia, ‘Brazil once had the highest deforestation rate in the world and as of 2005 still has the largest area of forest removed annually. Since 1970, over 600,000 square kilometers (230,000 sq mi) of Amazon rainforest have been destroyed. In 2001, the Amazon was approximately 5.4 million square kilometres, which is only 87% of the Amazon’s original state. Rainforests have decreased in size primarily due to deforestation. Despite reductions in the rate of deforestation in the last ten years, the Amazon Rainforest will be reduced by 40% by 2030 at the current rate. Between May 2000 and August 2006, Brazil lost nearly 150,000 square kilometres of forest, an area larger than that of Greece. According to the Living Planet Report 2010, deforestation is continuing at an alarming rate, but at the CBD 9th Conference 67 ministers signed up to help achieve zero net deforestation by 2020’. This image reflects my thoughts on what us becoming a world tragedy.

I have been creating fusion photography for over 10 years and have been in numerous shows and galleries. My training includes courses in Digital Art and fine art. I continually work to improve my art and the craft of photography.

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  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorover 2 years ago

    Powerful image Jeff!! A true problem!!
    Forests convert carbon dioxide into oxygen and provide a habitat for many living creatures!! :)

  • Thanks Keith. The more I read, the more concerned I get. However, Harvard University has invested millions on reforestation of the Amazon. Perhaps others will as well.

    – Jeff Burgess

  • tori yule
    tori yuleabout 2 years ago

    So sad, yet so beautifully portrayed, Jeff

  • Hey thanks Tori. Not much traction on this one…..I hope it doesn’t reflect our general lack of environmental consciousness.

    – Jeff Burgess

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