Destruction has always been the ultimate goal of all totalitarian regimes throughout human history, and the Islamic Republic, as we have seen, is no exception. With the destruction of a single forest, we have not lost just a part of the environment, but the different parts of a small ecosystem are interconnected.
The amount of destruction increases year by year. Last year, fires grew by 40 percent compared to 2018, and this year, in the last 3 months alone, 250 fires have been recorded in the country.
Prior to the 1979 uprising and the occupation of Iran by the destructive Islamic rulers, forests covered an area of 22 million hectares. Of that vast forest areas in 1978, today, after 42 years, only 7.5 million hectares remain.
An average of 15,000 hectares of Iran’s forests are burned annually, and the government has allocated only 15 billion Tomans ($3.5M) to fight this volume of destruction, even then, it is not clear whether it has ever been used for that purpose or not.
What burns is not forests, it is Iran; the possibility of living, the environment, and tomorrow of Iran’s children, are burning.