Deforestation is a serious worldwide epidemic that is a leading contributor to climate change and habitat loss for both indigenous people and wildlife (including endangered species, many of which have yet to even be identified by scientists or are going extinct before they are discovered). Whether it be for lumber, land and housing developments, palm oil plantations, or ever-expanding cattle ranches, our planet’s forests are disappearing at alarming rates.
A petition on Care2 written by American Forests states that the equivalent of 27 soccer fields of forests is destroyed every minute across the globe, for an estimated total of 18.7 million acres annually. Why is this such a serious problem and how does it affect us? American Forests explains, “As one of the world’s largest carbon sinks, forests absorb and store billions of tonnes of climate-torching carbon dioxide each year. That’s why protecting and restoring our forests is one of the most important and effective ways to ensure the long-term health of life on the planet and for its inhabitants.”
How can we help tackle this destruction? By planting more trees. Reforestation is agreed to be one of the simplest solutions to tackling the growing problems surrounding climate change, and American Forests has set a goal of planting three million trees in 2018, and they are asking for your support in these efforts.
Please take a moment to sign the petition here to show your support for our world’s forests.
But you don’t have to stop there. You can help improve air quality and provide natural habitats for local wildlife by planting trees in your own backyard and community. To learn more about American Forests and how you can become involved in their Earth-saving mission, visit their website here.
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