How To Prevent Deforestation

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Trees have been around for millions of years, even longer than humans. Long ago, you can always find forests with trees that are so tall and healthy. Trees are essential to humans and animals in every way. They give life, food and shelter to every human and animal. They provide oxygen for people to breathe and absorb carbon dioxide that came from humans, cars, and many others. They also absorb other pollutant gases that may harm human health and the atmosphere. They reduce heat by providing shade to our homes and buildings. But aside from these, they are also used for industrialization.

Trees are being cut for the production of wood and timber which are used in building structures. They are also used as firewood to produce fire that will keep humans from the cold and wild animals. Humans learned to make charcoal from burnt wood that will be used in manufacturing weapons. Materials used for the construction of boats, carriage, and other means of transportation came from trees. Because of the increasing demand for wood and other products made from the parts of a tree, deforestation became rampant. In an instant, rainforests in different countries have declined dramatically. More and more trees were being cut to make way for buildings, roads, and houses. While industries became successful, living conditions for animals became worse. Natural habitats and biodiversity are vanishing. Several species of both plants and animals have gone extinct. Pollution has increased immensely especially in industrialized countries. Deforestation has led to climate change and global warming which affects all living organisms. It is time to change our ways and do something to stop people from destroying the world we live in. Here are some ways to prevent deforestation.

Use Recycled Items

Nowadays, few companies have started to manufacture paper, books, and grocery bags from recycled materials. By purchasing and using recycled products, more companies will no longer use new and raw materials in manufacturing items.

Tree Care

Stop cutting trees especially the young ones. Do not cut trees unless it is for safety reasons.

Coals

During the winter season, use charcoals instead of firewood for making a fire. Fallen logs can be used in making coals. Also, the use of coals is better than firewood because it last longer so cutting of more trees or logs will be lessened.

Reforestation

Start planting trees. Every single person should start to plant and care for a tree. This will help replace the trees that have been cut down and regrow forests.

Become an Advocate

Become an advocate of reforestation. Spread the word. Raise awareness by educating your friends, family, relatives, schoolmates, teachers, officemates, and every person you know. Use social medias and share so it can reach everyone and they will see how things really are.

Support Conservation Organizations

There are several organizations that are doing efforts to preserve and restore forests. Some of these are Greenpeace, World Wide Fund for Nature, Community Forestry International, and Conservation International. So, find one in your town and give them your support through contributions of your time, money, or actions.

 

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