To celebrate World Rainforest Week I have posted just a few of images that show the amazing beauty of the rainforests. But photographs do not convey the awesome nature of the rainforest - the size and complexity of the vegetation, and the overloading of one's senses from the cacophony of insects, frogs and birds, the smell of decay, the lack of light and the humidity that saps your body of energy.
The pressure on the forests continues - oil palm and rubber plantations, clearance for cattle ranching, oil exploration, mining, quarrying, for timber etc etc. The list goes on and on. Now the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) are highlighting yet another threat - this time to the temperate rainforests of British Columbia. The exploitation of the tar sand deposits in Alberta continues and a pipeline is proposed to take millions of barrels of oil to Kitimat on the Pacific coast, from where it will be shipped around the world. I have visited this part of Canada and it is beautiful. I took the ferry along the Inside Pasage where we passed forested islands separated by narrow channels. The region is rich in wildlife, both in the sea and on the land.