Responsible Tree Cutting

Why are trees important and why we should be responsible in the process of cutting them?

Trees are not only a great source of oxygen, which we use every moment of our lives, but they also remove the pollution from the air that we breathe by absorbing the carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen back into the air.

The forests remove about a third of the fossil fuel emission annually, improving air quality and human health. One large tree can provide a day’s supply of oxygen for up to four people.

Responsible Tree Cutting 

Another interesting fact, is that trees contribute to our mental health as well. As researches and reports show, not only that the oxygen which the trees release improves our brain’s functions, but even visually, trees can make you feel significantly less stress and more satisfaction.

However, those are not the only benefits that the trees bring us, as there are others less knew. They help purify our water source, including those that provide drinking water for millions of people every day, by preventing pollution from entering streams and rivers.

Moreover, trees and other forest vegetation intercept rain water as if falls towards the exposed ground, slowing its movement and stopping it from eroding soils, thus preventing natural disasters. Soils eroded by water end up delivering excess sediment to streams and pollution to our water, being not only dangerous for us, but for the aquatic organisms as well.

By allowing the soil to slowly absorb rain water, trees help filter our waters and recharge groundwater. On top of that, tree roots also absorb excess water which can protect nearby areas from flooding. Also, their roots hold the soil from moving, preventing landslides.

Besides all those benefits that trees bring us, they are also useful in industry for their wood, but sadly, we must cut them down for that. Doing this, can bring calamities if they are not cut responsibly, and as of the situation our forests are in, at this point in time, the biggest forests in the world are in danger.

Half of their surfaces have been destroyed and things are going only to become worse if the current deforestation rate is kept as it is, one of the biggest concerns being Africa with about 45% of its forests gone.

Sure, the trees can eventually grow back, but at the rate that we’re cutting them down at, they can’t grow fast enough. About 4500 acres of forests are cleared every hour worldwide, not only by humans, but also by man-made or natural disasters, adding up to about 5744740 hectares of forests cut down or burned globally this year only, and we’re only halfway through it.

Generally, forests play an important role in the global climate change, the tropical forests being the second biggest contributors to it. Forests not only affect climate, but climate also affects the forests. Studies in the Amazon basin predict a “dieback” scenario, where a rise in temperature leads to approximatively 15% reduction in rainfall, which will further lead to a change in its ecosystem to savanna. This will also affect many species depended on the tropical forests, and some might even become extinct.

Many conservation programs address the issue of deforestation, but the illegal activities are also a big concern, and the efforts are not entirely enough to save our forests without everyone supporting this cause.