Let me put it this way… No trees, no humans.

With too much de-forestation we get:

FILTHY AIR:

Trees are a critical part of the carbon cycle, a global process in which trees take carbon from the atmosphere through photosynthesis in order to make energy.

This carbon is then either transferred into oxygen and released into the air or soil.

The absence of trees results in higher amounts of carbon dioxide and lower amounts of oxygen.

LIFELESS SOIL:

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, 2.5 billion people depend on agriculture for their livelihood.

If deforestation get its way, people won’t be the only ones affected.

The soil will become full of dangerous chemicals and pollutants that are usually filtered by trees.

Trees also protect soil quality nutrients and prevent soil erosion — eventually soil loses its arability and agriculture fails…leaving us people to starve.

CHRONIC DROUGHT:

During the “dry season,” trees regulate and anchor the dirt by releasing water.

Deforested areas, however, are liable to chronic droughts that obstruct river navigation, disrupt industrial operations and kill crop production all together.

Further, trees add humidity into the air through transpiration—but the lack of trees results in the lack of moisture in the air.

 

NO TREE-BASED PRODUCTS:

We cut down 3-6 billion trees every year for paper, baseball bats, barrels, books, blocks, benches, crutches, coffee filters, guitars, grocery bags, pencils, pine oil, beds, billboards, buttons, fuelwood, charcoal, industrial roundwood, candy wrappers,chewing gum, cork, crayons, spices, egg cartons, kites, linoleum, luggage, paper, pingpong balls, wooden chopsticks, rubber, tambourines, telephone books, tires, bark, fiber, dyes, incense, latexes, oils, resins, shellac, tanning compounds, waxes, toilet paper, turpentine, xylophones or wooden yo-yos.

At the rate we’re going food harvested from trees like fruits, nuts, berries (and maple syrup) could one day be nonexistent.

WATER WARS:

And at one point in the future, the level of freshwater resources available will become scarce.

This is already happening in California.

Water recycling is the movement of rain from the forest to land masses further inland.

When rain falls on forests the water is intercepted by the forest canopy.

Some of this intercepted water is returned to the atmosphere by evaporation and transpiration (release of water vapor into the atmosphere through stomata on tree leaves) while the rest is returned to the ocean as river runoff. In a healthy forest about three fourth of the intercepted water is returned to the atmosphere as moisture laden air masses which move inland, cool and are converted to rain.

Land cleared by deforestation returns only about one fourth of the rain water to the atmosphere. This air mass has less moisture and delivers less rain further inland.

Deforestation inhibits water recycling and converts inland forest to dry land and potential waste land.

A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER:

Two bills are making their way through Congress that will have devastating effects on the environment. Both bills are designed to rid public participation in federal decisions regarding forest management.

The first bill is called the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015, and seeks to limit public debate on logging.

The second seeks to “establish a reliable and predictable timber supply from the National Forest System that can be harvested, processed, and sold as wood products.” Effectively, this takes the power away from American voters by reducing environmental safeguards and handing the power to giant corporate timber companies.

TAKE ACTION!
Stand with me and sign the petition at the bottom of this excellent article by AlterNet.

 

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