Some of the trees on earth have existed for longer than three thousand years. They have lived across history from even before the days of Jesus Christ. God has provided these trees with his care and has protected them from natural disasters. He saved them from everything ranging from droughts to floods. Yet, the Almighty wasn’t able to provide them with immunity from the foolishness and shortsightedness of man. The development of humanity and technology is causing the destruction of the nature in order to have big investments. This process of destruction is called “ deforestation” which is going to by my choice of topic for this paper. Deforestation is the elimination of a forest or stand of trees where the land is thereafter converted to a non forest use. Examples of deforestation include conversion of forestland to farms, ranches, or urban use. The reason I chose this topic is because we are clearly noticing that our nature is in big danger through the destruction of forest and trees which increased my curiosity to know the reason behind this and maybe find a solution for it.
To begin with, we can clearly see that there is different point of views found in the 5 articles that I have brought for this topic. In one of the articles, we saw that there is a conflict of opinions about deforestation. Some groups agree with it and others don’t. For those people who support deforestation, they believe that it has some advantages like cutting out the taller
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Mahatma Gandhi once stated, “What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another”. Excessive deforestation is believed to be one of the leading causes of climate change and habitat loss in the world. Daniel Quinn, an American writer claims that “...man was innocent until he discovered the difference between good and evil. When he was no longer oblivious of that knowledge, he became a fallen creature… We are destroying the world because we are, in a very literal and deliberate way, at war with it.” Deforestation goes even farther than prove what Quinn stated is correct. We are destroying our planet with diminished forests, mass animal extinction, and climate change; all because of deforestation.
The affect of environmental issues occur everyday and in particular deforestation is becoming a highly ranked subject. From animals to the human race, the alacrity of trees that are cut down affects every individual in a variety of ways. Not only do people need to help the planet but they need to help themselves and further generations to come, such as children and grandchildren because these natural resources that are being taken away from society are as well shaping the future. For comprehensible reasons, forests use to make up the world, until man made creatures started to destroy and destruct the most important supply to human kind which are trees. Trees are crucial to every living entity for the reason of providing oxygen to all.
The long-term removal of tree cover, deforestation, is a global issue that can be catastrophic if not resolved and is one of the most urgent of issues. Deforestation is a global issue, not only because it happens all around the world, in multiple countries but also because its causes are produced by globally-drive motives. Politically, Socially and Environmentally, deforestation is a global issue that delves deeply in almost all aspects of organism life. This essay will explore into the intricacy of the global issue of deforestation and its surface and root causes. Although deforestation occurs mostly in tropical rainforests, which are primarily in developing countries, this does not equate it to national problems, instead it is an issue, which through the rise of economic globalization, means that the global population are bearing down on the forests as well. The surface issues are agricultural expansion and infrastructure expansion, with deeper root causes, which fall under the political and social scope. These underlying causes “are fundamental forces that underpin the more obvious or proximate causes of deforestation” (Geist, Lambin, 2001, pg.8) This essay will draw from academic sources and will elaborate on author’s theories and opinions on the topic of the causes of deforestation. By doing this, a mixture of neo liberal, liberal and emancipatory social action approaches will be taken to be able to fully understand the surface and underlying causes of deforestation.
“People who will not sustain trees, will soon live in a world that cannot sustain people”(Bryce Nelson). Deforestation is the permanent destruction of forests in order to make the land available for other uses. Deforestation has overtime become a leading environmental problem in the U.S. It is estimated that at the beginning of the european settlement, in 1630, the area of forest was 423 million hectares. By 1907, the area had declined to 307 million, according to,”U.S forest facts and historical trends”. Deforestation is caused and will affect the human who call the U.S home. Issues with the environment such as global warming, the thinning of the ozone, and deforestation all contribute to critical problems in the U.S. deforestation highly
However, forests around the world are under threat from deforestation, jeopardizing these benefits. Deforestation comes in many forms, including fires, clear-cutting for agriculture, ranching and development, unsustainable logging for timber, and degradation due to climate change. This impacts people’s livelihoods and threatens a wide range of plant and animal species. Some 46-58 thousand square miles of forest are lost each year, which is equivalent to 36 football fields every minute.
Deforestation is the destruction of a wide area of forest land into a cleared land that is used for a variety of reasons. The impact on the environment from cutting down, burning and damaging forests is very detrimental and there are severe consequences for the environment and future generations because of deforestation. According to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization approximately 7.3 million hectares of forests are being destroyed per year in the world (Bradford, 2015). In this essay, I will explore the impact that deforestation on the environment and I will also look at the actions that are being taken to prevent deforestation. There are various reasons why deforestation is occurring despite its negative effects on the environment. Deforestation can cause very serious environmental problems such as climate change, flooding, loss of habitats as well as others.
From 1990 to 2005, deforestation, or the removal of trees, was happening at an average rate of 13 million hectares (32.11 million acres) per year (Hope 247). In many ways, deforestation has been the reason for great economic success which turns people on to the idea even more. Deforestation is an essential element in promoting and encouraging developmental growth. Some places around the world may feel obligated to resort to deforestation due to population increases around the world. The concept of deforestation may seem to have a positive impact on society, but many people fail to consider the importance of replanting the trees that were harvested and removed. Deforestation mainly affects North and South America, but because of the Transamazon
Ninety percent of the earth’s trees between three and four hundred years old have been cut down. The remaining ten percent is all we will ever have (Gallant, 97). The definition of deforestation by the Random House Dictionary of the English Language is "to divest or clear of forests or trees.” Deforestation is one of the most significant issues of our time; considerable measures must be taken to prevent further pillaging of our unique forest resource.
From all the findings above, it is clear seen that deforestation is an internatinal issue to be discussed. The effects of it are destroying our planet gradually and progressively. If we do not stop deforestation soon, ecosystem in the world will be vanished in the future (J. Saucedo 2011). Deforestation is easy to stop, only small changes in our daily life can change a big problem (Debouche 2016). Therefore, joining hand to protect our planet as well as protect our own life. It is not only our responsibility, it also own obligation. Hopefully, in the future, we can recovered trees everywhere in our
There once was a time when rainforests had grown over fourteen percent of the Earth’s surface, now the rainforests manage to cover only six percent. This is due to deforestation. Deforestation of rainforests occur because of logging, powerplants cutting down and burning trees for electricity and as well as the paper industry causing its own damage. There are multiple factors for why rainforests are being destroyed, but the main root of the cause can be linked back to human’s havoc and upbringing of wasting resources. The future is technology, but mankind still will lay waste to their environments such as rainforests and the oceans. Rainforests and its inhabitants are currently in danger due to deforestation and human’s life choices will only lead them further into subjection which
One and a half acres of the rain forest-“the Lung of the Earth”, are lost every second. In fact, they now cover only a mere 6% of the earth's land surface compared with 14% when humankind first settled. Experts estimate that the last remaining rain forests could be consumed in less than 40 years. Obviously, deforestation has been becoming an alarming phenomenon for the whole world. Writing about this issue, Laura Lopen, John Maier and Dick Thompson express some quite strong opinions.
However despite the importance forests are in danger. This is called Deforestation is a loss of forest area, such as rainforests, due to natural and human means. The former forest area is then used for growing crops, grazing for animals or human expansion for more buildings. While deforestation is a danger to animals and plants due to lowering the biodiversity it is also dangerous for the planet. As by removing the trees, the trees can no longer
Deforestation is a problem that does not concern many people, but it is an issue that the people of Earth need to deal with. In the past 50 years deforestation has increased a significant amount, but people around the world have been removing the forests since the 1600s. The forests remaining are in danger as the human population goes up, the need for resources will also increase and this will make the deforestation of the last forests come quicker before humans realize it is too late. Unless the people address this threat to the world, it will be too late because this is something that can be fixed, the forests can be rebuilt but it has to start right now before there is nothing people can do. There are many causes for deforestation such as, clearing space for urbanization, making areas available for houses, or harvesting the lumber for goods and other consumer items and all of these have an effect on the world. The consequences of deforestation can affect all aspects of life on Earth, including the water cycle, the soil, and the life quality of species around the world.