The World Bank estimates 14.5 million hectares of forests are destroyed yearly through deforestation, wild fires and other means. 2 billion hectares of forests have so far been lost in the same fashion world over.
The rate at which the forests are lost is far higher than that at which we restore them creating more trouble to the world. Today, the biggest threat facing the entire globe is not terrorism but climate change. The magnitude of this plight cannot be estimated but what is obvious is that no one is spared. Whites, Arabs, Asian or Africans. The cry is one.
What is more promising is that campaigns have been initiated to fight this cause ,organizations have been born on the same basis ,agreements signed by world powers and industrial countries to combat pollution in a bid to save the ozone layer. Humanities major protector from radiation and global warming.
Climate change strikes have recently been held in cities around the globe denouncing pollution and climate change, with specific calls on governments and policy makers to undertake actions that protect the globe from the menace.
By no means, the impact of global warming is already felt round the world with temperatures rising, seasons changing, floods, hurricanes, storms and landslide registering record strength and destruction. In fact, some conservationists prefer to say nature is angry at humanity.
Deforestation is earmarked as the biggest cause of loss of forest cover where human beings are cutting down trees for fire wood, timber and charcoal. Some economists reason it out that poverty is the fueling factor behind this, as homesteads carryout activities such charcoal burning and firewood sales to sustain families.
Some schools of thought have blamed the rapid loss of forest cover on increasing population that is increasing the pressure on land, a fixed resource. People are resorting to clearing the forest land to create space for settlement.
The latest report by Worldometers and United Nations puts the world population at 7.7 billion people as compared to the 7.5billion people in 2018. Further research indicates that by 2100 the world population will be 10.9 billion people having increased by 42%.
The World Bank estimates indicate that over 300 million people currently live in forests or land that is demarcated, or has long been known to be forest reserves. How many people then will have encroached the forests in 50 years to come? This projection is food for thought for all of us.
It is very clear that as the world continues to exist, population continues to skyrocket and the pressure on the non-expanding land gets even higher. The demands for human survival too will shoot up. Leaving us pondering how then shall we contain the demands for survival visa vie a healthy planet.
The solution in this sense must be focused on making money from within the environment. One sure way is buy growing trees that mint money for human being without being cut down. In fact, we need to grow trees that earn more money the longer they stay alive and uncut. This way, We are killing two birds with one stone.
Emphasis should be put on planting fruit trees like mango trees, jack fruits, guavas, oranges, grapes, pawpaw’s and many more.
The globe is today a monetary world. Gone are the days when fruits were freely harvested in the rural areas. People are basically paying for everything today. Fruits are very essential part of human diet and most fruits in Africa come from tropical trees which when planted will not only provide the fruit diet but as well provide vegetation cover that will offer a balance to the eco system.
Think about the numerous importance’s of trees, the likely and already being faced consequences’ fear strikes my heart and if nothing is done the next generation is at stake, the saviors are me and you.
Forests have a lot to offer in support of humanity, ranging from medicine, food, fresh water, clean air, rests and recreation, scenic enjoyment to reduction in noise levels all these contributing to a health human life.
Forests also harbor over 80% of animals that live on land. Don’t you get afraid when you hear this? Where are some of these animals now and where will they be in the future? Remember there are a number of ferocious ones like lions, buffaloes and leopards. These find shelter and food from forests, destroy forests, destroy their shelter and source of food they will find food and on open land where human beings live and the consequences will be bitter. Besides we need to conserve world life for future generations and in tracing our history.
Have you forgotten another vital role of forests which is modifying climate through helping in formation of rainfall? Can we ever live without rainfall and water? Water is part of human and animal life therefore if we need water then we need forests.
Nevertheless, tough repercussions have already been faced by the world through increased world temperatures, increased natural disasters such as floods, world fires, storm, and change in seasons, global warming and many more.
We therefore need forests particularly trees in cubing down climatic change.
Let’s grow fruit trees, and kill two birds with two stones.