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5 Big Causes of Deforestation and How You Can Stop It

5 Big Causes of Deforestation and How You Can Stop It

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The planet’s forests are under threat. Some 36 football fields of forests are hacked, burned, and destroyed every minute. With each forest clearing, we lose about 135 species of animals, plants, and insects a day.

Forests provide us with many benefits, including goods such as timber and paper. They help mitigate climate change by consuming the carbon dioxide we put into the air, while breathing out oxygen. Tropical rainforests, like those in the Amazon, play a vital role in the water cycle by providing rain to the region. It is also estimated that rainforests contain more than half of anti-cancer plants identified so far.

Eighty percent of land-dwelling species establish homes in forests and the biodiversity ensures global food security and helps alleviate poverty during times of crisis. So, why are we destroying what’s left of the planet’s forest?

There is no single factor that is responsible for deforestation. Rather, it’s a combination of forces that are devastating it. Click “Next” for the top 5 biggest causes of deforestation and ways for you to help stop it:

1. Agricultural Expansion

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The conversion of forests into agricultural plantations is a major cause of deforestation.  The increase in global demand for commodities, such as palm oil and soybeans, are driving industrial-scale producers to clear forests at an alarming rate. Indonesia, the largest producer of palm oil, was named the “Fastest Forest Destroyer,” in the 2008 Guinness World Records. Even when efforts are made to replenish barren plantations, the depleted soil is not able to produce the same biodiversity it once was.

Solution 1: Plant a tree in your backyard, a community garden, or across the world.

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YoMama
1 Years Ago

I like the way people treat the earth.


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Amelia
1 Years Ago

Well... This is true, we should plant trees; but there are plenty of other ways us as individuals can help deforestation; here are some: choosing sustainable food options, riding a bike or walking instead of driving, supporting NGOs (Non Government Organisations), reduce, reuse, recycle, protesting to the government, cut back on palm oil.
Hope with was more helpful that the actual website.


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Scott Lloyd
14 May 2015

This is so true! Also we should use more of solar electric cars. Also instead of cutting our trees down, They should just make a tree farm and just constantly cut those trees down. :D

Teoni
18 Jun 2015

I so agree! Creating tree farms would insure that less trees would be cut down.

Explorer of the rainforest
1 Years Ago

Was not helpful...


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BOB
1 Years Ago

SHIT IS THE CAUSE OF [POLUTION


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anthony chen the epic
1 Years Ago

where are the other reasons?


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rose
1 Years Ago

this was not helpful


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fhuew
1 Years Ago

hahahahah
the forst Is not hrlping us


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PieMakerDeluxe
13 Mar 2015

Only one.......

fhuew
1 Years Ago

noob


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K k
1 Years Ago

HA GAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY only 1


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the flying pizza
19 Feb 2015

lol, u wot m8?

Navila Akter
1 Years Ago

I would love to plant a tree in my back yard, to help stop deforestation, but also conserve any material of wood and go paperless,
This is a wonderful opportunity to help our world be a better place!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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wardle
20 Mar 2015

that is what we all should do



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