Deforestation in Brazil's Atlantic forest reaches 793 hectares - 24 Dec 2008  
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Deforestation in Brazil’s Atlantic coast increases. According to the country’s National Institute of Space Research and the SOS Atlantic Forest Foundation, in the past three years, Brazil has lost 793 hectares of her Atlantic forest, an area equivalent to 990 football fields. These latest figures mean that the Atlantic forest, which used to cover most of Brazil’s coast, has now been 93 percent deforested.
Brazil’s National Institute of Space Research and SOS Atlantic Forest Foundation, we express our appreciation for these important findings. May our awakened awareness help us to turn toward better stewardship of our environment and restore the balance between humankind and nature. 
In her responses to panelists during the live videoconference for the SOS! International Seminar on Global Warming in Seoul, Korea in May 2008, Supreme Master Ching Hai explained how meat production must be stopped to preserve our forests. Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai for the SOS! International Seminar on Global Warming Seoul, Korea - May 22, 2008

Supreme Master Ching Hai : The root of our problem is that we have been unkind to our co-inhabitants: the living, feeling, walking, acting, loving beings, like animals, of all size and shapes. And we have also been unkind to our environment. We have been massacring our co-inhabitant animals, and we have been destroying our environment like deforesting and destroying the water and destroying the air.

So in order to solve the problem that we are facing right now, we have to reverse our actions. We have to be kind to our co-inhabitants. Instead of killing them, massacring them, sacrificing them, we have to take care of them. And instead of deforestation, we have to plant trees again. Take care of whatever environment that we have. And instead of polluting our planet, the air, we have to turn to friendly energy and sustainable energy. Just reverse our action.