It is a good feeling to know that someone somewhere is watching out for you. Imagine how boring, scary and even dangerous it would be if you were to walk alone?
This is what the World Wildlife Fund does to nature; watches over it, and protects it the best way it knows how. The organization works to preserve the wilderness, and to reduce the human impact on the environment.
In this article, we talk about deforestation and what the World Wildlife Fund is doing to tackle the issue.
The goal of WWF for deforestation is clear: to work with consumers and industries in promoting sustainable use of the forests around the world. This is in a bid to protect the forest communities, global environment, and wildlife.
There are numerous reasons why forests are a vital feature, both for the environment and in our daily lives. They are important because they regulate the water cycle, stabilize climate and are home to more than half of the world’s animals and plants species.
Statistics show that over a billion people depend on forests for their livelihoods and that another 300 million of the human’s population lives in woods.
If these statistics are anything to go by, then it is evident that there is a lot to lose if the forests were to vanish from the face of the earth. Sadly, the speed at which people cut down trees across the world is equitable to the size of a football field every two seconds.
The rates at which forests are being lost is alarming
Agriculture is perhaps the biggest driver of deforestation. Farmers clear trees to get more room to graze their livestock or plant crops. Small farmers will either cut or burn down a few acres to free up space for their agricultural operations.
Logging activities, which deliver the world’s paper and wood products, also wipe out countless of trees every year. Loggers – both legal and illegal – construct roads to allow for access deep into the forest, which leads to further deforestation.
Effects of deforestation
During the day, trees emit water vapor, which accumulates in the air to form rain. When they are cut down, the process is altered. If this goes on for a considerable amount of time, it leads to climate change.
Other than perspiration, trees will also absorb the greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide – which are known to cause global warming. What this means is that when there are fewer forests, then large volumes of greenhouse gases will enter into the atmosphere.
Did you know that half of the world’s natural forest is lost? And that only a tenth of the remainder is protected? Each year, we lose another 130,000sqkm – this is too much.
Forest homes millions of species. 80% of animals and plants on earth live in forests. Many of which cannot survive the tree cutting operations that destroy their natural habitat.
How the WWF is tackling forest loss and damage
Following a series of research, WWF has identified 11 prime areas expected to experience a high degree of forest loss or degradation in the years to come. If everything stays as it is, up to 1.7 million sq km of forest face destruction in these regions by 2030.
WWF supports work on woodlands and forests across the globe. Their efforts to prevent forest loss and damage go from the Amazon rainforest to the forests in the Himalayas, East Africa, China, and India.
As an individual, you can adopt, donate or join the World Wildlife Fund in their efforts to save the forest of the world.