Rain forests are a beautiful expression of nature, and yet it’s heartbreaking, that we find myself writing about the devastating effects of tree removal.
Deforestation occurs, when it is worth more to convert forest land to other uses than to keep the forest intact; an obvious example of this is industrial agriculture and economic incentives and industrial agriculture, which can cause large-scale deforestation over time, even when this is against the wishes of local communities.
Sometimes, there is simply no choice; communities may cut trees down for charcoal because this is their only source of fuel. Or informal mining, illegal logging, can also destroy the precious trees.
That coupled with the fact that the Amazon Rainforest is burning at a pace that hasn’t been seen in more than a decade, with more and more increasing wildfires being documented each year.
The extent of deforestation
The Philippines, Thailand, and India have all declared the extent of deforestation going on in their countries as a state of national emergency; even Brazil, once a country with the worst recorded tree removal levels has appointed a well-known environmentalist to be a secretary for the environment.
Also what is more promising, is the increase of citizen activist groups, including the Indonesian environmental forum that yields considerable clout. In India, the Chipko movement and the silent valley campaign, have achieved an incredible breakthrough, against tree removal and deforestation.
In Kenya, the green belt movement has planted more trees in one year, than the government achieved in the previous ten years.
The naked truth
Committing to stop the extensive tree removal and making a conscious effort toward tree planting must be paramount if we are to truly make a difference to our planet and save these trees and the animals housed there.
If International communities were to come on board, they could really help the rain forest countries develop sustainable management policies and alternative sources of income, with this type of help, it is estimated that half of the deforestation taking place could be reduced.
We truly believe, that every one of us has a personal responsibility and a wonderful privilege of being able to save all our temperate rain forests, for now, and in the future, so in some small way, we should be made to contribute – especially those chemists and manufacturing companies that are pulling on these valuable resources.
Surely the key to sustainable use lies in ensuring a share of the profits made from its resources and preserving these wonderful forests, which to date is not happening.
Take the pharmaceutical company responsible for manufacturing the drug from the periwinkle; tragically they have never contributed a penny, surely, they should be made to contribute towards the protection against tree removal, especially on the back of all the millions, they have profited from the rain forest over the years.
Fortunately, with more and more activist groups becoming aware of this problem, hopefully, humankind will finally help save our precious forests.