As we can see, the world is on an extreme urge to slow down the pace of climate change by saving water, preserving wildlife, and planting more and more trees. Undoubtedly, trees inevitably hold a significant part to slow the progression of global warming. If the mass destruction and deforestation continue, it will harm the planet by sacrificing the long term benefits of trees for short term gains.
Why forest matters?
Forest covers around 30% of the world’s surface area. However, they are disappearing at an alarmingly fast rate. According to the statistics published by World Bank, the world has lost 1.3 million square kilometers that is equal to 502,000 square miles of forest, between 1990 and 2016; this is the area larger than South Africa. Moreover, according to a study published in Nature Journal, 46% of the trees have been felled since humans started cutting down primary forests. Around 17% of the Amazonian rainforest has been destroyed over the last five decades, and the loss is being on the rise exponentially.
Impacts of deforestation
There is no second thought raised concerning the need for trees for a variety of reasons. The least we can think of them being the most significant absorber of carbon dioxide we exhale and pollutants create through greenhouses and many mechanical activities emit. As these harmful gases enter our atmosphere and increase global warming. Preventing deforestation is the only trend scientists prefer now to call for a practical impact on climate change. According to an estimated worth, tropical trees cover 23% of climate mitigation alone, which is needed over the upcoming decade to meet the environmental preservation goals set in 2015 by the Paris Agreement for Environment Protection.
Five solutions for deforestation to change our future
Below are the top five possible solutions to prevent deforestation that can change our future:
The forest industry can not only provide local and international markets with valuable forest products but can also employ hundreds of people in local communities of different regions across the globe. Paper producing industry stakeholders can also take the responsibility to sustainably and carefully manage the harvesting sources from these forests without compromising the local and international economies. They can collaborate to reduce the deforestation. There are many NGO’s and organizations working in collaboration like Green Peace, First Nations, and Stand Earth to save the planet by reducing deforestation. Hence, collaborating effectively and efficiently can serve the land in a better way and prevent deforestation.
2. Power of marketplace
If giant corporations have the strength to destroy the world’s precious forests, then they have the power and ability to save them as well. Many industries and companies can support the prevention of deforestation by making “Zero Deforestation” SOPs to clean their manufacturing, supply chain, and marketing processes. Also, they can make emphasize the use of recycled products. Hence, investigating, confronting, and exposing these environmental abuses by different corporations can help to take necessary actions in real-time to protect employees as well as forests.
3. Stand with indigenous people
Forests have been home to many indigenous people for thousands of years. There is a lot of evidence proving native people’s rights to many traditional lands and where self-determination is protected and respected. Forests stand with them as an integral part of their culture. However, governments and corporations overlook and intentionally trample their rights often. Supporting those indigenous communities and standing for their rights, along with many authentic NGOs, is a powerful way to highlight these social issues and preventing intact traditional lands like the Amazon.
4. Promote sustainable work
Anyone can make a difference at some level by contributing to the fight to save forests and wildlife by making informed choices on a daily basis. Using ecofriendly products, eating sustainable foods, recycling more, and conserving water and energy can help to lead towards zero deforestation.
5. Change policies
If we want to stop deforestation on a large scale, we need governments across the globe to be a part of it. We need to crack down on corruption and ensure the enforcement of forest conservation policies based on the latest sciences. There is a need for global commitment to reduce greenhouse emission and innovative proposals with international funding to save tropical forests. All these efforts together will provide an efficient incentive to improve forest protection programs continuously.
As mentioned above, there are lots of measures negatively impacting deforestation in the name of progress and development. There are also many ways to stop deforestation for the sake of our climate and environment. A considerable number of organizations are realizing the need for trees as an essential part of saving the planet. However, there are influential stakeholders making profits and generating revenues without considering the hazardous effects on the land. The above five ways are just part of a long journey everyone on earth has to take in pursuit to save the planet, while if implemented correctly, they can have a significant positive impact and may support us to benefit in the long run.
Author Bio: John William is a passionate writer and social activist. He has worked with different NGO’s from a decade to serve and preserve the environment. Currently, John is working as a content writer at Australian Master.