Renewable Matter # 13 / November-December

When Plundering the Environment Becomes Big Business

by Antonio Pergolizzi

80% of all logging in the Amazon forest occurs without permits. Reptile skin trade is also illegal, generating a $8 billion turnover but jeopardizing the very survival of 1/5 of species. In many countries plundering the environment is deemed quite normal economic practice. However, its protection cost 908 activists’ lives, murdered between 2002 and 2013.


Green corruption is the circular economy’s sworn enemy: its very anthitesis, its tombstone. A liquid enemy that feeds and grows on red tape inefficiencies and awful governance in the management of environmental resources, of the racket, lack of ethics and collective responsibility. An even worse enemy of those lobbies still firmly clung onto fossil fuels.

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