Am I Killing the World’s Rainforests? The Importance of Preservation

Despite Challenges, Forests Continue to Grow

According to MMN, there are more trees on earth now than there were over 100 years ago. Forest and rainforest growth across the nation has exceeded expectations, and since trees produce oxygen and clean the air, this is a good thing for all of us. Despite this, businesses can still contribute to the destruction of rainforests if they do not start making environmentally friendly choices. Learn why forest growth has increased significantly, and see how poor environmental choices can inhibit this growth. 

How Businesses Are Killing Rainforests

Discarded plastic bottles in a landfill.

It is great that trees are growing again, but if businesses make choices that create more pollution, then there will still be problems to deal with. Are you convincing your employees to recycle their plastic bottles when they are finished with them at the office? 80% of plastic bottles end up in landfills, and when they decompose they release harmful chemicals, so if your employees are not recycling you are contributing to this percentage. 

In addition, manufacturing companies also put strain on rainforests, since they cut trees down to product products with the sturdy wood. The process of producing new products inside manufacturing facilities creates a lot of pollution, and the dangerous chemicals that float through the air can severely harm rainforests. Once the furniture has run its course, it is usually thrown into a landfill, which means it cannot be repurposed into anything new. 

Other practices like as cattle ranching and oil digging also kill rainforests, since trees are burned away to make room for people to work. Irresponsible business practices kill rainforests, and inhibit the resurgence they have seen over the past few decades. 

Why There Are More Forests Now

Misty rainforest with fresh, green vegetation.

Though deforestation issues still linger, forests have been making a recovery, thanks to a number of factors. One of these is an increased awareness of the importance of tree preservation, and thanks to this more people are working to preserve national parks around the country. More trees are being planted than harvested in many areas, which has allowed for substantial restorations in forests across the planet.  

In addition, more people are moving into suburban and urban environments, and the lower amount of people in rural areas has led to less trees being cut down. An increased focus on recycling has also helped, since it means there is less junk decomposing in landfills. More manufacturers are creating products with renewable materials too, which reduces the need for logging and mining. 

Those two activities are known to produce a lot of pollution, so reducing the need for them keeps the air clean, and rainforests can stay protected. 

How Tree & Forest Preservation Helps the Environment

Sunlight through a forest with a moss-covered floor.

When done properly, the preservation and restoration of forests across the country can help the environment in a number of ways. Besides producing oxygen for the planet, forests provide habitats for 80% of the planet’s animal species. By protecting forests and replanting trees, we can ensure that these animals will remain on our planet for years to come. 

Trees also block sunlight, which lets them reduce air temperature and block UV rays when the sun is strong. The shade also slows down water evaporation, allowing plants to get as much water as possible. Tree roots also hold the soil in place, which prevents erosion over long periods of time. As long as trees of the forest stay healthy, humans and animal alike will have plenty of fruit to eat, so everyone stays well fed. 

Trees help the earth, which is why we should be planting more of them, while also working to preserve the ones that are already here. 

More Trees Means Less Climate Issues

Sunny, orange sky over clouds.

Another reason why planting trees is important is because they are able to fight one of the biggest issues the planet is facing right now: global warming. Human developments release carbon dioxide into the air, and the abundance of this compound has caused the planet’s temperature to increase, damaging the ozone layer in the process. Trees can absorb 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year, and use it to produce oxygen. 

To put it simply, when there are more trees on the planet, there is less carbon dioxide and more oxygen, which helps mitigate the effects of global warming. While there are more trees now, deforestation is still a major problem, and if the problem is left unchecked there may not be enough trees to stop the temperature from going up. The simple act of planting a tree can help the environment more than you could imagine. 

If you think your business is killing rainforests, it is time to make some changes. Start using renewable products and furniture, and start planting some trees when you can. Even the smallest actions can make a huge difference. 

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