Forests are our life support

//www.registerguard.com/news/2006/10/06/ed.letters.1006.p1.php

"Half of the manmade carbon emissions released into the atmosphere come from deforestation," according to Nigel Sizer of the World Resources Institute.

In case you didn't catch that, let me repeat: "Half of the manmade carbon emissions ... come from deforestation."

Any serious attempt to limit the severity of the climate crisis involves not only restricting carbon dioxide emissions (essential), but also protecting and preserving the forests that store and absorb carbon - effectively cleaning up our mess free of charge.

In the United States, our first major step toward combating climate change should be placing our 643 million acres of public lands off limits to the corporate extraction industries, corrupt government agencies and bought-and-sold politicians colluding to ravage our living life-support system: our forests.

JOSH SCHLOSSBERG

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