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Ancient Forests: Protector or Profit
How would it feel spending each and every day fighting for a breath of fresh air?
What about living in a world where the climate is unstable? Thousands of different
species could become extinct along with even more types of plant life. If ancient forests
continue to be destroyed, these scenarios could become reality in the future. Ancient
forests provide homes to approximately two-thirds of animal and plant life that can be
found on land. They are also depended on by millions on people for survival and contain
some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. I consider this a moral issue
because it affects life on a number of different levels. In addition to destroying the
forests that helps some people survive, deforestation companies also destroy the
homes and lives of millions of animals. It includes destroying the homes of animals as
well as actually killing the animals, directly and indirectly. This destruction is steadily
increasing the number of extinct species while also making it more difficult to save
those, and other, endangered species There is also the issue of the climate
deteriorating which can cause unusual weather patterns, severe weather, and even
global warming. That definitely threatens the lives of humans, along with all other life on

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the planet. In most places around the world, it is illegal to kill for a profit, much less kill,
so why is it different for deforestation companies to do it?
One issue that I personally have had to think about is that the Hong Kong
Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) was involved in funding the “forest-destroyer”
Sinar Mas. At first it didn’t seem like a problem until I realized that one of my credit
cards was with Household Bank and provided by HSBC. I was helping to fund the
destruction of forests all over the world every time I paid my credit card bill. Even though
it was a small amount, after adding it up from every other card holder with them, that
amount can grow to a noticeable amount. Fortunately, according to a blog posted by
rolf, HSBC has dropped Sinar Mas from its investment management funds (Rolf, 2010).
This is important in a few ways. Now, not only is less funding available to support the
destruction of forests, but those people with cards from HSBC aren’t funding it either. It’s
also beginning to gain momentum with other companies following the same actions and
dropping investments that fund forest destruction.
The main basis for judgment I have is the destruction. Just because there is a
profit to be made doesn’t give companies, like Sinar Mas, the right to go in and destroy
everything in sight to gain that profit. Countless lives are affected by the destruction

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Ancient Forests: Protector or Profit How would it feel spending each and every day fighting for a breath of fresh air? What about living in a world where the climate is unstable? Thousands of different species could become extinct along with even more types of plant life. If ancient forests continue to be destroyed, these scenarios could become reality in the future. Ancient forests provide homes to approximately two-thirds of animal and plant life that can be found on land. They are also depended on by millions on people for survival and contain some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. I consider this a moral issue because it affects life on a number of different levels. In addition to destroying the forests that helps some people survive, deforestation companies also destroy the homes and lives of millions of animals. It includes destroying the hom ...
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