A survey was taken, by the Brazilian government, between August 2006 and July 2007, about the decrease of Brazilian rainforests. They realised in that time 2.7 million acres disappeared. Actually, they didn’t disappear because we all know what happened to them. Right? THEY WERE CUT DOWN! To put that into terms we know, that’s the equivalent of four football pitches being destroyed every minute in just Brazil. This affected animals and insects obviously as that’s their natural habitat but also humans. Villagers had homes, lives and memories in that area and just like that it was taken away from them. In return the atmosphere was filled with an unimaginable large amount of Carbon Dioxide. And that is something that affects everyone – including all of us in this room today.
Every second one and a half acres of the world’s rainforest has been cut. Forests provide us with renewable sources. They also provide us with a quarter of today’s medicine; 70 percent of the plants found to have anticancer properties are found only in the rainforest. The rainforest and its immense undiscovered biodiversity hold the required information for tomorrow's cures for devastating diseases. Suppose someone very close to you is extremely sick and the doctors say to you we had the cure but we can no longer have it because the trees needed for the cure were cut down. How many cures for devastating disease have we already lost due to deforestation?
Additionally, Rainforests are the home to so many undiscovered species; if the rainforests are gone, the species are gone, and the knowledge is lost. How much knowledge has been lost due to deforestation?
The size of the world’s rainforest is 4.7%. Yet, as a result of deforestation, it emits an increase of 25% of the world’s total carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide greatly effects global warming. Deforestation puts atmospheric pollution into the air which enhances the green house effect. These atmospheric gases mostly produced by human activities, slowly warm the earth. Trees are half carbon and by burning them, all of that carbon is released into the atmosphere. Deforestation increases carbon emissions. How much of an increase of carbon emissions has there been due to deforestation? Surely deforestation is wrong?
Rainforests are being destroyed because the value of rainforest land is perceived as only the value of its timber by short-sighted governments, multi-national logging companies, and land owners. We can find other solutions instead of using wood and paper- we are a very versatile specie. Also, if cutting forests down is so necessary, why don’t we compromise and cut down trees in moderation – in other words when we absolutely have to. Those who are involved with the cutting down of trees are the real problem. They are heartless enough to remove an innocent species home – what if they did that to your home? They are removing the world from its natural beauty. Also they are indirectly killing people. The people who in the future are in need of cures found in what was the rainforest but can not get the cure because rainforests are a thing of the past. The tree cutters are murderers – they are the problem.
The tree cutters cut what is not theirs. They steal land from the animals and natives. What they are doing is inhumane. They are killing the world’s natural beauty – or what we have left of it. You have seen parrots and pictures of the rainforest, but will they still be there when you are older and have children?
Tree cutters and deforestation is linked to global warming. The carbon dioxide emissions increase every time a tree is cut. When the trees are burned it is visible to see the smoke from space as they produce 1814369.48 tonnes of carbon dioxide. The build up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is known as the ‘greenhouse effect’. An increase of the greenhouse effect has altered the Earth’s radioactive balance meaning; more of the sun’s heat is being absorbed and trapped inside the atmosphere. This is producing global warming. Twenty two percent of carbon dioxide comes from just burning the trees.
So what will happen in the future? There is no easy solution to deforestation. Trees could be cut in moderation when it is most necessary to cut them. People could find an alternative material to use instead of wood. Paper could be recycled. People’s jobs will be lost but, animals will have freedom to live in their own habitat. Tree cutters may riot but, villagers will be able to carry on living in their home in peace. The world would be saved from twisted ways that are a big factor that have increased global warming. If the trees are not cut down.
You can recycle the paper that you use. We all can help. You can help by not buy wooden furniture and use a coal fire instead of a wood fire. We all can help. You can start petitions or sign a petition. We all can help. You can write to our government. We all can help. You can spread the word and inform others. We all can help in our own way – whether it’s something small or great that we do it is sure that it will make a huge impact. We can undo the damage and get a second chance...
...because, after all, trees are the lungs of the world.