The world’s rainforests are being destroyed at an alarming rate.
There are a number of ways to stop deforestation, including a tax on meat and the use of more sustainable farming methods. But some of the most effective ways to stop deforestation are more difficult to implement. These include reducing global consumption and increasing awareness.
What is deforestation?
Deforestation is the destruction of forests by human activity. This is usually due to logging, agriculture or urbanization. The problem has become increasingly prevalent in recent years, as large areas of rainforest have been cleared for logging or agriculture. The problem has become so bad that it’s now considered one of the biggest threats to biodiversity and the natural environment.
Why is deforestation a problem?
“Deforestation could cause global warming.”
Deforestation causes carbon dioxide emissions because trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere during photosynthesis. When trees are cut down, they release all this stored carbon into the atmosphere.
“It’s destroying habitats.”
Deforestation also destroys habitats for animals and plants.
“It’s threatening species with extinction.”
Over 50% of species could be extinct by 2050 if we don’t stop deforestation.
“It’s causing soil erosion.”
Trees help hold soil together which prevents erosion.