Since the inception of the 19th century, the consequences of deforestation have reared its ugly head. As a result, well-meaning forecasters and scientists in various parts of the world believe that if forests continue to deplete at this devastating rate, within the next 100 years there will be no rain forests or woodlands in every part of the world. Perhaps, I need to demystify the implication of this. This is actually a foreseeable extinction of the entire human race. It’s more like a chain reaction; there is a strong level of interdependence between the preservation of human life and the ecosystem itself (this includes various natural cycles). They all depend on the availability of forests.
- Did you know?
According to National Geographic Wild, the Amazon forest of South America produces more than 35% of the oxygen available on earth today.
So what can we learn from this? Take note of these
- The huge volumes of the oxygen we enjoy today are generated by forests and woodlands around the world. Hence, when there is no forest, what happens? There will be no oxygen; hence there will be no human or animal life.
- As oxygen is being generated, CO2 is used up. A Gas like CO2 is a major contributor to the global menace of climate change. The act of Planting forests and trees can hugely reduce the rate of climate change. This will help put a halt to the declination glaciers. It will also help reforest the tropics.
In a world where meanness to nature is rife, our fast-paced world is characterized by the demolition of forests, woodlands and grasslands. Desertification and deforestation though negative is gradually becoming more prominent in human geography. We need to reforestation, as this will help annul the ugly consequences imposed on the ecosystem by desertification and deforestation.
Reforestation, on the other hand, has an opposite effect to deforestation
Now we know why reforestation is important, how can we reforestation?
One of the greatest humanitarian moves you can make is embarking on a forest developing project. If this will be too enormous for you, why not plant some few native trees, I mean trees that are peculiar to your region. The good news is, forests and woodlands can be recreated. This implies that reforestation can either be done by
This process involves the planting of trees and forest plants by humans. Thorns, thistles, crawlers, shrubs etc. can also be included. These trees are planted at well-calculated distances from each other. This is to ensure that the resulting forest is dense.
This is a process where depleted woodlands and forest habitats are left alone for a long period of time. During this period, native trees will grow and find their way back to their natural habitats. Wild herbivores, carnivores, insects, birds and several species of microbes will find their way back into the ecosystem. In summary, the ecosystem is left to recreate itself.
In nature, if land in the appropriate Geographical region is left untouched (I mean uninterrupted by human activities) for a period of approximately 1000 years. Then, a fully developed forest will be available and native species both plant and animals will thrive. The fact is, 1000 years is way too much to save the human species from extinction. Is it not? We need to act really fast. How? We can act via two approaches
- Reforestation: Every tree removed from a forest should be replaced immediately; it shouldn’t just be replaced and abandoned. It should be replaced and nurtured. Trees should be planted in hundreds to recreate the biodiversity of plant and animals that once existed thousands of years ago.
- Tree planting: Experts recommends that if every human can plant a tree, the world will definitely defeat the beast of global warming and climate change which are all consequences of deforestation.
You can help save the world by participating in the life-saving process of reforestation. Act Today!