At the time of the Seattle protest the biggest environmental issue at stake in the WTO was deforestation. There was a deal on the agenda known as the “Global Free Logging” agreement, which gave timber corporations much more freedom to access old growth forests in the rest of the world. It was stopped, but the process of deforestation is still taking place at an unprecedented level. Every 2 seconds an area of a forest the size of a football field is lost due to logging or destructive practices. Not only does this affect climate change, but it also marks the destruction of much biodiversity on the planet and is one of the leading causes of species extinction.
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