Over the past few decades, reforestation has soared in popularity due to obvious reasons. Trees absorb the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, stop mudslides from taking place, provide a natural habitat for wild animals and prevent climate change. As a result, businesses and individuals today are actively engaged in reforestation efforts to arrest the above issues and boost soil fertility for agriculture.
Reforestation efforts will save the world
With reforestation efforts, one can save the world and make it a better place for future generations. However, it should be coupled with conservation. Here again, the reason is obvious. There is no point in planting new trees if you cut down old ones. Equal efforts should be given to the conservation of forests to bring in a balance that is essential for the world today.
Mitigating the ills of deforestation
Ever since industrialization has increased, deforestation has become increasingly rampant. Trees, even those that are more than one hundred years old supporting the ecosystem of the region, have been mercilessly cut down. This does not occur in one region but all parts of the globe. There is an approximate estimate by specialists in reforestation and climate change that about 18 million acres of forests are cut down every year.
Key factors that have contributed to deforestation
The following are the key factors that have contributed to deforestation in the recent decades:
- Poor regulations and protection rules for forests.
- Forest fires.
- Cattle ranching.
- Expansion of urban infrastructure.
- Farming practices in the community that are unstainable.
- Mass dying of trees for uncertain reasons that have not been scientifically explained.
- The reduction in land rights that are indigenous to the region, along with its lack of enforcement that still remains.
Experts have estimated that the planet has lost about 40 percent of its global forests since industrialization began. However, there are very few forest regions that remain untouched by humans. They include the Boreal, Congo, and some parts belonging to the Amazon Rainforest. Specialists in reforestation and climate change even state that the famous Coastal Redwoods remain at only 5 percent of their original two million acres.
Protect wildlife biodiversity with reforestation
Unfortunately, this rampant occurrence of deforestation has led to a significant loss in wildlife biodiversity. Some human species have also become extinct, and there has been an incredible loss of arable land along with poverty, conflict, poverty, hunger, and damage to property. The community should note that when trees disappear from the planet, the harm is multi-dimensional in nature. Both humans and all living species on the earth are affected adversely.
It is time for everyone to engage and be involved with reforestation efforts. No matter how small your contribution may be, it surely will go the extra mile when it comes to helping the planet to heal and stop the disastrous effects of climate change. One tree planted is not enough; efforts should be made to protect the existing trees that stand so that humans, living species, and wildlife can survive for a better and brighter tomorrow!