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Sometimes it’s hard to imagine the direct consequences of our actions. Take, for example, the destruction of a forest. It may seem necessary to clear a plot of land for construction or timber, but we must also remember who’s affected by these actions. It’s often not until we witness the aftermath of our destruction that we realize how many lives and beings are destroyed.

In this photo by Jason Ondreicka, we witness the repercussions of our actions.

Baby Raccoon Stands on the Destruction of His Home
 

 

A raccoon stands atop his former home, searching for his family. His forest home had just been cleared, and now he’s left abandoned and confused.

We often think of deforestation happening elsewhere in the world, but in reality, it is happening right here in the U.S., putting native species, like raccoons, in danger. While they might not be endangered, they live in an ecosystem that’s being systematically destroyed.

So who’s the culprit? Many things are at play, including clear cutting for human habitation. But another major player is – you guessed it – animal agriculture. In fact, it’s estimated that 260 million acres of forest in the United States have been clear-cut to grow crops for livestock feed. That’s 260 million acres of forest homes that were destroyed. Animal agriculture is also the leading driver of deforestation and habitat loss which has pushed countless endangered species to the brink of extinction.

Is this any way to treat our fellow inhabitants? Luckily, we have the power to fight against this destruction, starting with what we put on our plates. Not only will we help to save this precious raccoon’s home and life, but we’ll be doing so much to fight climate change and save millions of lives in the process.

As the leading organization at the forefront of the conscious consumerism movement, it is One Green Planet’s view that our food choices have the power to heal our broken food system, give species a fighting chance for survival, and pave the way for a truly sustainable future. By choosing to eat more plant-based foods, you can help ease the rampant deforestation caused by animal agriculture, join One Green Planet’s #EatForThePlanet movement to start today. To learn more about what you can do to end deforestation, click here.

All Image Source: Jason Ondreicka/Alamy



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77 comments on “Baby Raccoon Standing on the Remains of His Home Will Make You Want to Act for the Planet”

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john pasqua
2 Months Ago

the wildlife needs the trees now. mankind needs to end now.


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Birgitte Groes Anker
2 Months Ago

Please make an end to the cutting down trees now ! STOP forrest destruction NOW ! It is killing our life on earth !!!!!


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Heather Lee
2 Months Ago

\'We\' REALLY NEED to take a page from the animal kingdom\'s book and learn to restore/renovate older and previously lived in homes. You\'re sheltered from the weather.....that\'s what SHOULD matter.


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Kate
2 Months Ago

In the end it pretty much almost always come down to people when there destruction and killing and it is always the animals who suffer most for our greed and self centeredness.


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Don
2 Months Ago

Americans\' gluttonous appetite for everything is driving destruction of our country / planet. Monetary greed is the number one priority in the USA, which compels people to destroy land, pollute waters, and decimate species. Politicians NEVER require personal sacrifice, instead encouraging waste and dominance of our natural resources. What other planet are we hoping to live on when this one is unfit for humans?


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NANCY
2 Months Ago

what a sad picture of that baby. no family, no where to go. how i despise and hate the f*cking humans that are destroying our plant and the ones letting them do it.


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Joanne Nugent
21 Jan 2017

I know,it is sickening. Humans think they are the top of the chain but we are the worst species on the planet and every other species would benefit without us being here.

Vivien Tan
10 Months Ago

Money making people now a days only think of profits. Don' t even care about the consequences they are creating.


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Monique M Miller
10 Months Ago

Everyday in central Florida, Disneyworld and the colonization of it by British who love vacation villas...looks like avatar and ferngully...


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Monique M Miller
10 Months Ago

Everyday in central Florida, Disneyworld and the colonization of it by British who love vacation villas...looks like avatar and ferngully...


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Edna Lagrosas
10 Months Ago

Pity..they have no more home to stay to!!!#


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