Save the Trees!

by the Emmas and Tristen

The Problem

We lose up to 40 million acres of tropical rainforest each year. And that's JUST the tropical rainforest. Agriculture, livestock grazing and fuel are the main drivers of deforestation, although paper and other household items are made from trees as well. The slash-and-burn technique used to clear land contributes greatly to global warming, and deforestation can cause serious problems for the environmenmt, like habitat loss, erosion, siltation of rivers and streams and nurtient loss in the soil.

Deforestation's Impact

Tree roots help hold soil together. When trees are taken out, the soil erodes faster and washes into rivers and streams, causing siltation. Siltation reduces aquatic life, both flora and fauna. Many creatures rely on the forest for habitat. Up to 28,000 species could go extinct in the next 25 years due to habitat loss! Also, trees clean the air of greenhouse gases, slowing down global warming. When trees are burned it speeds up global warming and releases more carbon into the air.

Stop Deforestation!

Other Facts

1. In the years 2000 to 2005, China was responsible for 80% of the world's reforestation efforts.

2. The U.S. holds less than 5% of the earth's population, but we use over 30% of its paper!

3. 49% of deforestation is due to land cleared illegally for farming.

4. At the current rate of deforestation, all rainforest will be gone within the next 100 years.

5. 20% of Earth's oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rainforest.

What can I do?

What can you do? You can use paper wisely, and recycle it when you can no longer use it. Also, don't buy too much fuel! If you're going to build a fire, use sticks from your yard or debris from the tree that fell down in your neighbors yard. You can also give money to orginizations dedicated to stopping deforestation. The best thing to do is go out and replant some trees! Help us stop deforestation!