This Week's Show Recap:
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
By Michael Z. McIntee
Debra Messing; John Carter; and Tegan and Sara.
PLUS: Great Moments in Presidential Speeches; an angry Barack; a CBS News Special Report; Bush still
working hard; a more exciting Presidential Debate; a top ten list; and Alan reveals some secrets of
the Control Room.
ACT 6: JOHN CARTER: He's
the founder and director of Aliança da Terra, which is a Brazilian land-owner
environmental group with its eyes on saving the Amazon Rainforest. John grew up
in Texas and after serving in the military, went into farming. How does a Texas
farmer end up in Brazil? John says, "a Brazilian woman."
After visiting the
Brazilian wilderness a number of times, he fell in love with the area and the
two married and moved there and became ranchers. The area they moved to was
complete wilderness, a true wild frontier. For the first 6 years of living in
Brazil, they had no electricity or phone. And the local government was just
about non-existent, changing over with great frequency. We see a photo of a
creaky old wooden "bridge" in the area, something you would see in an Indiana
Jones movie, though I've never seen an Indiana Jones movie. It's just an example
of the incredibly poor infrastructure in the area.
Much of his traveling around
that part of Brazil was by airplane since the roads were few. From the sky, John
was able to see the rampant deforestation taking place. Thousands of acres at a
time were being destroyed. The reason for this was simple economics. Cleared
land was much more valuable than wooded land. The local economy had nothing but
forests, which were worth nothing. Landowners were destroying their forests for
economic reasons, thousands of acres, forests that are known as "the earth's
John saw the dangers of this and tried to stop it. First he organized a
tourist company, Brazilian Adventure Travel, to show people firsthand what was happening. He then realized
the only way to stop the landowners from destroying this vital resource was to
create an economical incentive to keep it. He formed "Aliança da Terra,"
Portuguese for Land Alliance, to help the ranchers make a living without having
to destroy the forests.
John says if he waited for the government to do
something, the rainforest would just about be gone by now. To find out more
about "Aliança da Terra," check out:
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