Forests cover 31% of the land area on our planet. They produce vital oxygen and provide homes for people and wildlife. Many of the world’s most threatened and endangered animals live in forests, and 1.6 billion people rely on benefits forests offer, including food, fresh water, clothing, traditional medicine and shelter. It is obvious, then, how forests are fundamental for our earth to survive and, therefore, for us.

I think people don’t really understand, or don’t even think enough of how trees are important; they produce oxygen, they are the lungs of the earth, and we all know we cannot live without oxygen. Breathing is the most implied action that living beings do, since the first second of their life to the last one; it is so implied that people don’t even think at it anymore, without even doubting that oxygen is an exhaustible resource as well as all the other ones. Some 46-58 million square miles of forest are lost each year—equivalent to 36 football fields every minute and if we keep this trend, within the next 600 million years before present trees and forests in their current form will no longer exist.

On the other side, some people believe that forests’ wood is necessary for the economy to keep going and the whole process of cutting trees would involve positive aspects like new opportunities of employment, and new ways of developing economy with the new ground gained.

However, I think these are not good enough reasons to cut down rain forests, let’s just try to think to a world with no trees, no plants: no nature, where everything is covered by a grey polluted sky and surrounded by buildings, would you really like to live in a world like that? Furthermore, forests are part of a huge natural chain where animals are involved as well, and if part of this chain is destroyed, consequentially all the other parts belonging to the chain will get destroyed as well, causing incalculable damages to the environment.

As an example of how bad things are going I will tell you about what is going on in the place where I live, back in Italy, near Naples. There is a protected natural area with rare plants and endangered species; this natural park has been there for almost 100 years, giving some freshness and oxygen to the polluted and industrialized Naples’ surroundings. In the last period, though, some entrepreneurs have decided to build a mall on part of the territory belonging to the natural park and the scandalous fact is that apparently the mayor of Naples has given them the authorization to build the mall. This is just outrageous.

Finally, I conclude saying that, we can all do some little things to help trees, like planting a tree, use paper as less as possible, use recycled paper. Let’s stop killing trees.

There are also a lot of websites where you can sign up to help forests protection organizations, like:

12 Replies to “Conserve Natural Resources – Guest Editorial by Francesco Marino”

  1. I thought the story about Naples, Italy was really interesting! Maybe just add some pictures of the park to enhance the story.

  2. I really enjoyed this article, and wholeheartedly agree with your opinions. And with the exception of a single grammatical error, it was very well written.

  3. This is a very good write up about our world’s forests. I find that what the mayor did to that natural park is unbelievable. Hopefully people begin to realize how detrimental this conflict could become.

  4. Grammar: Rather then saying use paper as less as possible I would say something along the lines of use less paper, or use as little paper as possible so the sentence flows a little smoother. Other then that good article.

  5. I completely agree with these article. Trees are what keeps people alive and there are no good explanation as to why millions of miles of forests should be cut done.

  6. I agree, and it would be interesting if you added how much forest area has been lost in the Amazon (percentage, how much area is lost per year, etc).

  7. Great article Francesco! I agree that the planet’s plant life must be protected, which is why we should be investing in reusable alternatives to wood for use in mass production.

  8. the trees do not only help animals but they also help humans continue to live. the trees take in the oxygen that human emit and replace it with oxygen.

  9. I agree with this article. Trees are earth’s main source of energy and oxygen. Not only are they a good source of oxygen, but they also serve as a habitat for animals. Cutting down these trees would not give living things air to breath and also it would destroy the homes of many animals.

  10. I agree that forests should be more protected than they are. They are vital to our earth and our lives. More research should definitely be done on ways that forests can be better protected.

  11. I definitely agree that people need to be more conscious of what the environment does for us. We should be more conscious of the environment around us, especially how we have an effect on it. We should put forth a greater effort to protect and take care of it.

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