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By the time you finish reading this very sentence, an area of forest equivalent to two football fields is cleared somewhere on the planet. This is horrifying considering trees are the literal lungs of our world;  they provide us with vital oxygen, pull harmful carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and allow life as we know it to exist. However, deforestation runs rampant in countries around the world, particularly in Myanmar.

Almost all of Myanmar’s land is covered by forests and they are among the country’s most valuable natural resources. But sadly, they’ve been nearly depleted thanks to illegal logging, which helped fund the former military regime of Myanmar. Moreover, with the rapid expansion of commercial agriculture and infrastructure, Myanmar has seen an increased rate of deforestation in recent years.

Thankfully, the newly-elected democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar has recently placed a ban on logging operations in an effort to battle deforestation!

Billions of dollars worth of timber and pulpwood is exported worldwide each year, with most of the profits benefiting logging corporations instead of local people who actually rely on the forests as a source of food and income. But thanks to this ban, this highly lucrative business may be coming to an end in Myanmar once and for all.

Moreover, this ban is incredible for the planet (you know, that lil’ thing!), because the effects of logging are very far reaching – from exacerbating climate change, to stripping wild animals of their homes, to injuring wildlife (like elephants, who are forced to work for the logging industry!), to displacing indigenous populations, it’s due time that logging is banned.

Now, it’s time for other countries like the U.S. to follow suit. After all, deforestation, driven by forces such as the logging industry, is responsible for about 20 percent of greenhouse gas emissions – that’s more emissions than the entire global transportation sector. And deforestation is one of the driving factors behind the mass extinction of the world’s species. In fact, around 52 percent of the world’s wildlife has disappeared in the past 40 years alone! But logging isn’t the only culprit in this act. Deforestation is happening to make space for palm oil plantations, or to create more space to grow feed for livestock. If the U.S. truly has plans to combat climate change, then it has to act now. We’ve got to stick up for our forests – if we don’t, who will?

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17 comments on “Major Win for Trees! Myanmar Bans Logging – U.S., It’s Your Move!”

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Dave Yu
2 Years Ago


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Dave Yu
2 Years Ago


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Lynn Hickman Wood
2 Years Ago

thank goodness please get China on board they are deforesting Africa and other countries at an alarming rate....plant trees


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Carolyn De Witt
2 Years Ago

Marcus De Witt-Ryall


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Galileo Ramos
2 Years Ago

AWEEESSSSSOOOMMMEEE


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Lucas Imahorse
2 Years Ago

Not sure I believe this. I have also read that Denmark is 100% organic, which is a big lie! I live there, and know!


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Mahad Lodhi
2 Years Ago

Yes.... A very good step but is the enforcement of Myanmar strong or not ???? If not then there is no advantage of a ban on logging.


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Kelly Hughes
2 Years Ago

I know up in Oregon, they replant a tree for every one they take down, then they can't use that land again for several years until the trees are a certain age...if they ever do


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Kelly Hughes
2 Years Ago

I know up in Oregon, they replant a tree for every one they take down, then they can't use that land again for several years until the trees are a certain age...if they ever do


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Jason Klotz
2 Years Ago

Logging is essential in the US. You want to continue to have the large scale, catastrophic wildfires that's been occurring? If not, then logging is crucial to get the lands and fuels back to a more sustainable fire regime, like what we had before the1900's.... Putting a logging ban in this country would be even more detrimental and in fact would be a major step backward.


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Heather Zeleny
30 Apr 2016

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