We have so few of them, one would think no effort would be spared to safeguard them. But, no. Since early summer, cutting trees in rangelands and forests is allowed for housing developments and similar investment projects.
The aggressive campaign launched earlier this week by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) against an amendment to the Agriculture Law introduced as temporary legislation under the previous government is right on target and needs all support.
As the RSCN points out, less than one per cent of Jordan’s territory is covered by forests Ã¢?? one of the lowest forestation rates in the whole region. (Actually, according to FAO, Jordan already has no forests to speak of.) [Jordan Times Editorial]
Aha! A chance to really test the powers of blogging. Spread it like wild fire (no pun intended).
Take a minute to sign the petition. And just adding to what Ahmad said in his post, I think this may be the first case of using the Internet as a medium for activism in Jordanian politics (if I’m not mistaken). So consider the following: by signing this petition you are either writing your name in Modern Jordanian history, or you are adding your name to a government “hit list”.
Either way, I’m cool with it.
See you in Jwaydah!
UPDATE: You can put a little badge I made up on your site to help spread the word.