|Deforestation rages in Colombia.|
(Photo from Flickr.)
|A TransMilenio bus on its way up the 'Environmental Axis' |
celebrates Earth Day by blasting out smoke.
A few years ago TM won an award for reducing
greenhouse gas emissions.
Meanwhile, deforestation rages on: El Tiempo reports that, the way things are going, the Amazon
jungle will be nearly gone in 40 years. That will not only accelerate climate change, but also destroy the lives of millions of people and drive countless plants and animals to extinction.
The number of cars and other vehicles in Colombia is booming, Colombia has huge areas of biodiverse jungle and mountains mapped out for oil and mining development, and it's looking at the possibility of building a huge oil pipeline from the Venezuelan border across the country to the Pacific coast to ship Venezuelan crude to China.
I'm afraid that prospects for stopping global warming and saving Colombia's biodiversity could hardly be worse.
The Amazon covers 40% of Colombia's territory and is why Colombia is considered a megadiverse nation.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours