In response to the escalating deforestation through fires and logging that’s going on throughout the world at the moment: we are taking what action we can to contribute to the ongoing efforts to prevent the destruction of these natural habitats and the displacement of the tribes and animals who call the rainforests of the world their homes.
We present a special animation, created by the Dutch visual artist Sem Shimla, which displays the rates of forestation and deforestation in every country in the world, utilizing data from The World Bank (data.worldbank.org/indicator/AG.LND.FRST.ZS
). You can see for yourselves in a convenient format the rate at which forests are being cut down or replanted worldwide, with one obvious and notable trend—developing countries with less income, which tend to also be the ones with the greatest rainforest coverage—are seeing the most significant decline in their forest areas. They are destroying their world’s most valuable resource due to the necessity of their people to work and survive in combination with the corporations that enter countries to strip them of their wealth in terms of resources. Palm oil production, logging, cattle farming, cocaine production, soy farming. Agribusiness is responsible for about 80% logging—20%. Other crops are cotton, tropical fruits like pineapples and rubber. In central Africa charcoal production or small level slash and burn farms are quite significant. Finally, mining oil, and building dams—all are contributing to the destruction of ecosystems that have taken up to 33 million years to evolve.
While our contribution is likely to be small, we feel that it’s important to do whatever we can to contribute to the efforts to stem this tide. As such, we present a 12 track musical journey on behalf of the artists and our record label, with the track names and order having some significance in terms of the plight, and necessary sacrifices that must be made to change this situation, and the liberation and strengthening of us as inhabitants of this planet—we are guests on this world, and as the apex animals, we have a duty to be caretakers, not to destroy it in the name of greed and temporary meaningless profit.
All proceeds from the sale of this record will be donated to the David Attenborough-approved charity “Cool Earth” (www.coolearth.org
“Borrowed Time” will be on sale for 4 weeks only. Purchasing it offers you a chance to both get a stack of great music and inject something good into the world at the same time.
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