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: http://adopt.nature.org/?matchtype=b&creative=30953937158&device=c&network=g&src=sea.AWP.PR2.CP10.AD981.KW6922.MT1.BU147&gclid=CKnF-abSlLsCFRBnOgodB0YAWw