News from the Natural World: Singapore had decided to “tidy up” its last remaining patch of rainforest.
The Southeast Asian nation of Singapore has officially decided that it will “tidy up” its last remaining patch of rainforest. The country has been doing a brilliant job of chopping down and destroying all of the primary rainforest in the country. They had argued that Mother Nature has left pristine primary rainforest all over the country. This rainforest provided a habitat for large numbers of birds and animals including Tigers. Thankfully Singapore managed to kill all of its tigers and has been cutting down the rainforest ever since.
“Well we’ve pretty much got every last patch, around 95%. It will really feel like a huge achievement once it’s all been tidied up.”
The rainforest was very annoying as it got in the way of roads, tower blocks and other buildings. It was never organised in neat strait lines and not a single patch of the rainforest had any right angles anymore. This rainforest had proved a huge problem for Singapore as it tried to become one of the wealthiest countries on the planet. So it set about tidying up the rainforest in 1965 once the country was independent.
Singapore to tidy up last patch of rainforest.
The Prime Minister argued that no one really noticed what they were doing because their personal standard of living had risen. Who needs a primary rainforest when you have a slightly nicer luxury condo or swimming pool. They argued that most Singaporeans and Expats had no idea that Singapore used to ALL be primary rainforest. “Chuck a few trees on rooftops and build some mono-culture gardens and you really confuse everyone.” This strategy of deception proved highly successful and Singapore was able to tidy up the majority of the rainforest.