At the moment, our precious world is undergoing a decisive shift, with higher levels of pollution than ever before.
It's only a matter of time before we're the ones noticing the change and realizing how bad it's gotten, to the point where we can't go back.
But, if we had to make a change right now, what should we do?
How about we start with the basics and... plant a tree? Trees are well-known for their ability to filter the air. Forests absorb global emissions, which are pollutant gas particles. Essentially, trees absorb all of these bad odors through their pores, filtering them from the air and converting everything into oxygen (which, by the way, is essential for all living beings!).
Furthermore, trees have the ability to cool down the earth. As a result, in areas where there have been massive tree cuttings, the weather is unquestionably warmer than in areas where trees can be found everywhere.
This is where deforestation enters the picture. What exactly is deforestation? It refers to the chopping, cleaning, and removal of forest land. We basically convert virgin territory to make room for other things or to use whatever materials we find there, such as wood.
Are you ready for the worst part?
According to FAO (the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization), the numbers aren't looking good. It is estimated that 420 million hectares of forest have been lost since 1990 due to conversion to other land uses.
Not only that, but between 2015 and 2020, the annual rate of deforestation was 10 million hectares, down from 16 million hectares in the 1990s. Since 1990, the global area of primary forest has shrunk by more than 80 million hectares.
According to the GlobalTreeSearch database, there are 60,082 tree species. However, over 1400 tree species have been identified as critically endangered and in desperate need of conservation action.
Is that it, though?
Not at all. Deforestation occurs across all forest types, but is concentrated in the tropics and boreal regions, according to RainForests.Mongabay. Natural generation is causing a net increase in forest cover in temperate regions.
The Amazon Rain Forest, for example, is shrinking rapidly. The August fires that raged across the Amazon helped us realize that this is not something we can reclaim. Given the current rate of deforestation, the scientists estimate that 27 percent of the Amazon will be cleared of trees by 2030.
There are several methods for calculating the damage that humans have caused to nature. One method is to estimate deforestation. According to FAO, the countries with the highest rates of deforestation in the 2010s were Brazil (18.9 million ha of net forest conversion), the Demographic Republic of Congo (11 million ha), Indonesia (8 million ha), Angola (5.6 million ha), and Canada (4.5 ha).
Consider that, as well as the fact that scientists estimate that 80 percent of the world's terrestrial species live in forests. Taking this into consideration, we can see that deforestation is one of the most serious threats to the extinction of many species.
How can you actively help?
Consider planting a tree. Yes, we understand that it is not as simple as it appears, but that is why we are here.
For every study you run with us, we will plant a tree in your honour. This way, not only you will refresh your business or your organization, but you will also receive an everlasting gift from us, turning the world into a better place.
Come on, even the wealthy do it! According to TeamTrees, Elon Musk has planted 1,000,000 trees for Treebeard. Don't you want to take the chance of being first on the billboard?
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