Monday 16 September 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'World must act together to hold Bolsonaro to account'

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro. Photo: REUTERS/Adriano Machado
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro. Photo: REUTERS/Adriano Machado
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

While we choke the planet of oxygen and watch ice caps melt we must look at ourselves as a species and our constant demands for products from areas such as the Amazon, which straddles nine states in South America.

That 2.1 million square miles of forest, half the size of Europe, which stores 127 billion metric tonnes of carbon dioxide while emitting 25pc of the planet’s oxygen, is no small thing when it comes to carbon footprint and the impact deforestation will have on our planet.

More than three million species of plants and animals will be affected, and some will become extinct given the lame response by those who oversee the Amazon basin.

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The indigenous communities which live or lived there have been severely affected. They only take from the Amazon what is needed, all the while respecting the environment in which they live.

To think the equivalent of a football pitch is cleared every minute in the Amazon is not just frightening but a disaster all world leaders, even those deniers such as Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro, must recognise as a climate catastrophe in the making.

As these fires rage in about 500,000 hectares of forest, which are largely man-made by loggers and ranchers, the governments of Brazil and others in the region must act together and swiftly to stop what is occurring.

Bolsonaro, Brazil’s president, who has encouraged this economic pillage while, like Trump, defunding the agency tackling illegal activity, must be held to account by all right-thinking nations. While the EU was quick to agree the Mercosur deal, it should now rethink its agreement in the light of this climate disaster.

Christy Galligan,
Letterkenny, Co Donegal

England’s landslide victory shows that might is right

England are back to winning ways. It feels like 2003 again. Then they had giants such as Lawrence Dallaglio and Martin Johnson. Now they have a collection of new brutes in the likes of Maro Itoje and George Kruis, Manu Tuilagi and Joe Cokanasiga.

England have proved that bigger is better unless you have skilful players like Damian McKenzie dancing past people. Ireland have such a man in Jacob Stockdale who has made the chip-and-chase on the left wing his trademark.

A 57-15 score cannot be explained by saying Ireland are holding back some dazzling plays which will unlock defences with ease.

Might is now right and England have their own version of Jonah Lomu on the wing. The problem is, smallish though Ireland’s team is, they do not have the skill-set to out-think and out-play teams.

The nation has been calling out for Tadhg Beirne to be in the team as he is a turnover machine but this has fallen on deaf ears. Granted, the public is not entitled to pick the team, but sometimes the public is right.

Would James Ryan have made the difference? In other games, I’m sure. But against such a beefy English team?

I recall a joke at the time Ireland were going to Twickenham during the Six Nations: it said the English would love to tariff our Irish beef. I don’t think they would care much for the levy now.

Ryan Lenny
Foxrock, Dublin

Why we need a new George Mitchell to sort out this mess

Some 21 years ago, politicians of every colour, leaders from local communities and leaders who could see a better future for everyone in Northern Ireland, sat down and compromised and signed up to the Good Friday Agreement.

It was accepted it was only a start on a long road. It was also accepted a number of important issues were parked and would be dealt with another day. The can was kicked.

Today, Ireland is faced with a no-deal Brexit on October 31 because of the backstop.

Pragmatism and compromise suggest we agree to a five-year backstop which removes the prospect of a no-deal exit by Britain, and allows us five years to come up with a new plan.

God only knows where the world will be then. We could do with the assistance of a new George Mitchell.

Damien Carroll,

Dubs’ landmark bid can’t match Kerry’s knockout task

Martin Breheny states Dublin are a game away from immortality (Irish Independent, August 24) which, strictly speaking, is correct – achieving it will be a landmark.

In my opinion however, it is not comparable to Kerry’s attempt because in that era every game was a knockout.

Dublin could have lost two games this year and won the All Ireland. Whatever happens, both teams leave a remarkable legacy!

Henry Thorpe
Address with editor

Irish Independent

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