Green Voices – Ep 7 – Dr James Gordon – what’s behind accelerating Amazon deforestation levels?


Dr James Gordon. Photo credit: World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

By Anders Lorenzen

As we recently reported, deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is accelerating under President Jair Bolsonaro. 

To discuss the impacts of this I caught up with Dr James Gordon, Forest Advisor for World Wildlife Fund (WWF) UK. 

During the course of our conversation, we discussed this year’s deforestation data, and how it compares with the pre-Bolsonaro years. We also talked about potential tipping points in the Amazon and how they would be likely to play out, the best strategies for sustainability managing a vast forest like the Amazon, what can be done to reduce the demand for products that cause deforestation such as soy, palm oil and beef, the role diplomacy plays outside Brazil, what individuals can do to help and potential reasons for hope.

You can watch the full interview below. 

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