If a tree falls in the forest, does anybody hear it?
In the 1990s, clear cutting forests was a big issue, strongly opposed by this singer. Particularly in the Canadian province of British Columbia (Cockburn is a Canadian folkie), forest companies obviously found it more efficient to chop down an entire swath of land instead of selectively choosing the best trees, and/or taking every second or third or fourth stand. Yes, forest companies replanted, but what of the temporary devastation to an ecosystem and its wildlife diversity for all the years to get second growth?
Cockburn sings about capitalist greed behind deforestation and raises some other environmental considerations: that land may be cleared to raise cattle, that produce harmful methane gas (they fart a lot – surely this is the only serious protest song about farting!).
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