UPROOTED: WHAT DEFORESTATION IS DOING TO OUR PLANET

What are the negative effects of deforestation on our environment 

Deforestation is rapidly clearing the forests on Earth on a massive scale. It is damaging the quality of land. Even after deforestation forests still cover at least 30% of the earth’s land, but forests half the size of England are cleared every year. Within a hundred years the rain forests in the earth will completely vanish because of the current rate of deforestation. It is not only affecting the land but also the environment. 

Loss of Habitat

The most unsettling and dangerous side effects of deforestation are the continuous loss of habitat. There are many species of plants and animals that lose their natural habitat every year only because of deforestation. 

• 70% of the animals and plants live in the forests 

• Most of the species cannot survive deforestation because they cannot get the optimal conditions for survival. 

• Trees in the rainforest not only provide a home to many species of animals but also a canopy that maintains the temperature required for the growth of different plants and animals. 

• The rapid removal of forests is the reason that there has been a drastic change in the temperature from day to night. 

Accumulation of greenhouse gases is increasing 

Carbon dioxide is known as the greenhouse gas that is the reason for global warming. Plants and trees absorb carbon dioxide for the production of food and energy. However, the rate at which we are removing the forests accumulation of these gases is increasing in the environment which is dangerous for sustainability. 

Instability in the level of water 

Trees help to maintain the level of water in our atmosphere. They help to maintain the water cycle by causing continuous rains. Due to deforestation, the number of trees is rapidly reducing which means that the level of water in the air is reduced that can be returned to the earth and soil. This is the biggest reason for dry soil and inability of the crops to grow properly. 

Flooding and soil erosion 

The most important function of trees is to retain topsoil and water. It helps to sustain the additional life in the forests as well as provide rich nutrients to animals. Without forests, the soil erosion will start due to which most of the soil will be washed away. After that only barren land will be left behind which is more susceptible to flooding. It means that most soil will be removed that will cause various other issues. 

Extinction of wildlife 

Various species of animals are lost every year because of massive falling down of trees. Animals are losing their natural habitat, and they are forced to move to new locations where they cannot get the temperature and environment they need to survive. This is the reason most of the animals are pushed toward extinction. 

It is important for us to stop deforestation and try to grow more trees and forests. The forests we have lost will take thousands of years to regrow, but we can still stop the speed at which deforestation is happening. In order to support this major cause Wild Side is donating 10% of their profit to help save forests. Be the change and help such organizations save the forests.