Forests are the lungs of the Earth!
Not only do they purify the air we breathe, forests store carbon, help in maintaining global climate as well as recharge our water sources.
Forests are therefore crucial for the survival of life on this earth!
- Forests are home to some of the most unique plant and animal species and support a diversity of life forms. The loss of forests has pushed many species to the brink of extinction.
- Forests are life support systems for the rural poor. Almost 90% of the earth’s poverty ridden communities depend on forests for food, fibre and energy.
- Forests provide free services to all life – water, soil and oxygen!
As you read this, hundreds of acres of forests are being cleared and burned. About 30 million acres of forests are cleared globally every year! Almost 50% of the logging in forests is illegal. Deforestation causes 20% of all carbon pollution causing global climate change. Water sources are drying up and tons of soil is lost due to erosion. Flash floods and landslides are causing loss of life.