From reading a newspaper, switching on a light, travelling to work in a bus or car to blowing your nose into a tissue, forests impact on your daily life in so many ways, and most of us are completely unaware of it.
When you think about the products you use in your daily life, most of them directly or indirectly involve forests. There are some that are easy to figure out, like fruits, paper and wood from trees, and so on, while others are a little less obvious, like by-products that go into everyday items like medicines, cosmetics, and detergents.
Despite our dependence on forests, we are still allowing them to disappear.
They also form the source of livelihood for many different human settlements, as well as for governments and various recreational options. But looking at it beyond a personal level, forests also provide habitats to a diverse range of animal species, they prevent soil erosion, help in maintaining the water cycle, and check global warming by using carbon dioxide in photosynthesis.
About half the world’s original forest cover has been lost over the last 50 years, with the most significant cause being humans beings’ unsystematic use of its resources.
It’s time to think about what happens when we destroy forests. It is not just the trees we take, it is an entire ecosystem that begins to fall apart, which will eventually have dire consequences for all of us.
The importance of forests:
Below is an infographic from Crowe’s Sawmills Ltd on why forests are so important:
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