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Everything in this world is inter-linked. Our world follows an order where every element helps each other to survive and evolve. Each element plays an important role and if even a single one of them is altered, it disrupts the lucidity of the order. Man has been altering this order by exploiting an important constituent, forests.

Forests provide raw materials for every purpose imaginable. Once abundant, forests are fast disappearing. Rainforests that covered 14% of the earth’s land surface; now have been reduced to a mere 6% and experts estimate that the last remaining rainforests could be consumed in less than 40 years.

There are various commercial reasons which cause the clearing of forests worldwide. Production of paper, vanilla flavoring, rubber gloves, roofs, pencils, photographic film, medicine, conversion of forestland to farms, to name a few. So in a way shortage of forests will take many necessities and luxuries away from us in years to come. But the buck just doesn’t stop here. Deforestation is the root cause of various environmental problems, like global warming, soil erosion, erratic water cycle, extinction of species, etc.

Environmentalists keep voicing their concerns for the lack in response for addressing this problem. People are reluctant to take the initiative because ‘going green’ is not easy on the pockets. There is a requirement of a holistic approach before it’s too late. The clock is ticking. We must act fast. And swiftly.


Deforestation in Novo, Brazil