Should the world work harder to protect land from deforestation? Sierra Drey PD. 7

Deforestation is defining our future. It is usually done to create more available land for human purposes. Unfortunately, the amount of forested land lost each year, due to deforestation, is roughly equivalent to the size of Panama. The constant growth in deforestation is unfair to animals and a risky process. The world needs to increase its efforts in protecting land from deforestation.

The action of deforestation is rapidly impacting wildlife. Nearly 80 percent of land species inhabit forests. In time, the removal of forest vegetation will reduce the number of available resources for these creatures. Sadly, some of these wildlife habitats even become fragmented. Local species living on fragmented land must survive on remaining isolated habitat that is completely surrounded by distressed land being used for human uses. In effect, many forest inhabiting creatures are decreasing in numbers every day, and soon will become extinct. On the contrary, many believe that deforestation is a must in order to satisfy our everyday needs. This thought is completely understandable. Indeed, forests provide a plentiful amount of revenue, such as wood products and paper, but there must be a more unobtrusive way to go about its obtainment.

In relation, this activity will impact not only animals but also humans. Deforestation creates change all around. For instance, tropical rainforest deforestation adds more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than the total sum of cars and trucks on the road. In effect, the extreme releases of this gas will lead to an increase in global warming. Additionally, deforestation has a large influence on the world’s weather. Forests play a crucial role in the water cycle by transpiration, and the earth without their presence can lead to serious issues such as drought and erosion. In relation, some may feel that deforestation provides room for such things as home development, but at a certain point people may not be able to reverse the devastation it causes.

In like manner, deforestation will often occur illegally. Illegal logging is when lumber is handled and marketed in violation of the law. This action threatens some of the world's most precious forests, from the Amazon to the Russian Far East [source: WWF, Illegal Logging]. For example, according to GreenPeace, in certain parts of Indonesia and the Brazilian Amazon about 85 percent of logging is illegal. Illegal logging also brings harm to the ecosystem, timber markets, forest sustainability, government and local communities which benefit from the forest. On the other hand, one will often point out that this is a strategy of survival for people that live in and around these forests, but it's a waste of forested habitat and against the law.

There must be an efficient way to end the destruction caused by deforestation. The world cannot function properly without forests. Likewise, if we are hoping for a bright future, we need to preserve our forests and end the constant extraction of them. At the current rates, the world’s rainforests could disappear within 100 years. All living things are counting on us to discover a solution and enforce heavier law. In conclusion, it is very important to respect the forests of nature if we plan on survival.


Created with images by Unsplash - "deforestation deforest lumber" • Picography - "deforestation forest wood" • Nao Iizuka - "Amazon Jungle" • ChadoNihi - "deforested construction outskirts" • Disco-Dan - "Forest Harvesting (22)"

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