What is deforestation?
More than 30% of our planet’s surface is covered by forests, a little over 4 billion hectares. Given the state of our fragile ecosystem, trees and plants may just hold the key to our survival as a species, provided we take care of mother earth like she takes care of us. You see, forests provide a multitude of goods like timber and paper, which is why people have shown very little consideration throughout history when it came to preserving the forests that make up a third of our world.
According to its textbook definition, deforestation is the process of destroying forests to make land available for other uses and to collect the timber they contain. It is estimated that roughly 18 million acres of forests are lost each year because of deforestation, a concerning figure given how dependent we humans are of trees and plant life. See our list of 10 scary facts about deforestation that all of us should be concerned.
10Deforestation is causing global warming
Normally, trees absorb greenhouse gases, releasing oxygen into the atmosphere in return. Due to the scary rate at which people have been cutting down forests over these past 100 years or so, the number of trees worldwide has decreased dramatically. Because of this, forests can no longer compensate for how much greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere, thus speeding up global warming quite a bit.