Rapid Depletion in the Amazon Rainforest
It is nothing new to hear that the Amazon is decreasing at a rate unimaginable to most, but between the years of 2005-2012, the Amazon saw its’ most devastating depletion to its biodiverse rainforest. It has been traditionally regarded as the largest rainforest with the most extreme variety of its kind in the natural world, yet illegal logging and lack of protection from the Brazilian government has kept the quite real possibility of its extinction in place of the indigenous people residing there and to all who observe its’ complex biology . Small populations on the reserve are left by themselves to defend the only land they know, the men making up the small number on average of 48, only barely armed with pistols and bows and arrows, facing many large trucks equipped with tree cutting weapons. Their forces have cause quite the commotion, however, driving off loggers and their equipment with them. Yet Brazil’s government has yet to punish any loggers for their illegal activities, only a promise to end the illegal activity by 2030. One native to the reserve states even goes to state that “in terms of the environmental crime in Brazil, the state is not fulfilling its role . With the government’s clear lack of initiative to help save the beautiful land these communities call home, it raises the question of what economic decisions were made through the country or what mutual benefits were identified between multiple countries, if at all. It also raises the question of the importance of the indigenous people to Brazil’s state of affairs, as well as exactly how long this has been in occurrence. How did early policies and/or lack of government enforcement in Brazil lead to the continuation of depletion in materials from the Amazon rainforest? How has the view of indigenous people (relative to Brazil) politically and socially, shaped this aspect further? What repercussions has this allotted in our natural world today?
Possible thesis: Since the role of early Europeans and their predisposed pigmentation of importance, illegalities have continued to occur in instances such as these. The lack of enforcement in governmental positions in this developing country has also impacted the Amazon for the worse due to the patterns of this abuse in naturally occurring instances, giving a sense of entitlement amongst upper class individuals.
Paragraph #2: Economic and political decisions made from the 1950’s all through the 2000’s that exemplify economic gains Brazil has engaged in. Shows the acceptance of depletion.  This primary source is addressing the agreements made and lengths gone to to begin the using of resources from the Amazon. This shows the permission to begin using the Amazon’s river water from Venezuela. The article describes the importance of this ‘virgin forest’, with 18 major rivers and 200 important tributaries. It invokes the emotional appeal to the audience, leading to an almost inner protest as to how a natural environment as such could be utilized in such a destructive way .
Paragraph #3: Examples of early Europeans taking over developing countries, colonialism. 
Paragraph #4: Political, social, and economic differences and similarities in Brazil and countries related to the depleting rainforest contribution. 
Paragraph #5: Companies and roles who are utilizing the rainforest illegally. (list of people using them, the large chart and graph) Walt Disney, Hewlitt-Packard, Best Buy, Coach to name a few
Paragraph #6: Global effects this has had on countries more than just Brazil. 
Paragraph #7: Acts the people of Brazil and the Amazon rainforest are acting upon to create change for the country and in a hope to preserve their natural wonder.   This primary source is a newspaper article published halfway through the year of 1974, encasing the importance to the audience of the already growing problem it was to be ripping resources from such natural setting. The source explains a man who resigned as a director of a nature foundation describing the terror and degree of disruption people have caused on the advanced, biodiverse ecosystem. He stated he was not against the progress of society, but was against the progress of nature and utilizing it to benefit humans. The intended audience are for those from America; the writer instills this gripping emotional turmoil because of how significantly it relates us into the equation . The people being written about are regarded to as very politely, yet the American audience may automatically assume they are better due to the automatic association of a third world country.
Paragraph #8: Conclusion, wrap up and reinstatement of the overall topics, condensed.
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 The Washington Post, October 7, 2015.
 Ana Villarroya, “Policy Development for Environmental Licensing and Biodiversity Offsets Latin America”, PLOS ONE Volume 9, Issue 9, (February, 2014): pages -
 Tomáš Evan, “Chapters of European Economic History”, (Prague: Charles University, Karolinum Press, 2014) pages 1-181
 Gustavo Andrey de Almeida Lopes Fernandes, “Is the Brazilian Tale of Peaceful Racial Coexistence True? Some Evidence from School Segregation and the Huge Racial Gap in the Largest Brazilian City” Science Direct, Volume 98, (October 2017) : pages 179-194
 American Geophysical Union, “Amazonia and Global Change”, (AGU Publications, 2013) pages 1-563
 Susanna B. Hecht, “From eco-catastrophe to zero deforestation? Interdisciplinaries, policies, environmentalisms, and reduced clearing in Amazonia”, Cambridge University Press, Volume 39 Issue 1, (March 2012) pp. 4-19
 The New York Times, “Joint Development of the Region is Aim of Talks in Brazil” November 28, 1977
 The New York Times, “Conservationist Stirs Furor in Brazil” May 30, 1974
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Geographic Focus: Brazil, America