This assignment is based on Key Idea 2: Problems can arise when one
pursues its own interests to the detriment of others.
Deforestation in the Amazon has led to conflicting interests in the
region. Potentially it can affect societies worldwide through global
In this assignment, I will agree or disagree with the following
'Deforestation in the Amazon benefits some people at the moment. It
causes problems for other people, both in Brazil and the rest of the
In order to draw up a conclusion to the hypothesis, I will be looking
the different types of developments, which have already taken place in
Brazil and also, the different reasons as to why Brazil should be
and why it shouldn't.
I will conclude my assignment by analysing the evidence that I have
Since the 1960's, several types of developments have taken place in
Amazon rainforest. Brazil has the largest foreign debt of any
country at over $100 billion. If this debt were ever to be repaid, a
amount of money would be needed. This money would be available if
developed its rainforest.
Many foreign loans and multinational investments were taken out by
Brazil during the 'Brazilian Miracle' of the 1960's and '70's in which
large-scale projects made Brazil into a modern industrial nation. This
'miracle' left Brazil with enormous debts. Although this created
of jobs, the gap between the poor and rich continued to grow.
Despite the fact that Brazil now has a trade surplus, the interest
on the loans are forever increasing, and there is no way that Brazil
reduce its debt - unless the rainforest is developed.
In Brazil, there is a huge inequality between the rich and the poor -
the population owns 45% of the land.
Large areas of the Amazon rainforest have been destroyed as
have tried to develop it to make Brazil a better country.
Some estimates suggest that a fifth of the Amazon rainforest was
between 1960 and 1990. It is also estimated that approximately 7.5
hectares of rainforest are being cut down each year.
This is extremely unlikely to be replaced. The Amazon rainforest is in
extreme danger. Developments such as deforestation are proving to be a
Developments that have taken place
Numerous types of developments have taken place in the Amazon
The aim of this is to bring wealth to the area by using its natural
. A large amount of iron ore, gold, copper, bauxite and other minerals
been discovered in the rainforest. Mining companies have cut down
get to these deposits. An example of this is the Carajas Iron Ore