20 Jul '13, 4pm

Over 300 Centuries-Old Trees Felled for Pope Event in Brazil via @ecorazzi

Over 300 Centuries-Old Trees Felled for Pope Event in Brazil via @ecorazzi

Organizers with the diocese of Sao Sebastiao de Itaipu claimed it was necessary to clear the land to make room for the hundreds of pilgrims they expect to attend the Pope’s mass. Andre Ilha, of Rio de Janeiro’s state environment institute, says there’s no way this destruction would have ever been allowed: “What was razed was the buffer zone of the Tiririca park. We would never have authorized that. It is a fragment of the endangered Atlantic rainforest. We will charge them with a crime.”

Full article: http://www.ecorazzi.com/2013/07/20/over-300-centuries-old...

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