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.
9There could be no rainforests left in 100 years
Rainforests make up just 6% of our planet’s surface, a big decrease from the 14% the covered less than 100 years ago. Despite covering such a small area of our world, rainforests are home to 50% of all life on this planet. The biodiversity found within rainforests is so great that nobody really knows exactly how many species live in them, but it is estimated that 50 million species call the rainforest their home. It is also estimated, unfortunately, that rainforests could be wiped out in less than 40 years because of deforestation.