Deforestation facts for kids

LET’S START WITH:

WHAT ACTUALLY IS DEFORESTATION?

Deforestation is the cutting down of forests or groups of trees which is then turned into non-forest use. These are usually converted to farms, ranches, or used for urban use.
But it is happening more and more, and having a bad impact on our environmemt and climate change.

WE’VE PUT TOGETHER 10 KEY FACTS ABOUT DEFORESTATION:

  1. FORESTS COVER 30% OF THE EARTH’S LAND.
  2. AGRICULTURE IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEFORESTATION.
  3. PALM OIL IS A VERY VERSATILE INGREDIENT AND CAN BE FOUND IN NEARLY EVERYTHING! INDONESIA IS THE LARGEST PRODUCER OF IT IN THE WORLD. BUT INDONESIA’S FORESTS
    HAVE BEEN BULLDOZED, AND REPLACED WITH HECTARES UPON HECTARES OF PALM OIL PLANTATIONS.
  4. WITHIN 100 YEARS, RAINFORESTS COULD BE COMPLETELY WIPED OUT.
  5. THE RATE OF DEFORESTATION EQUALLED TO A LOSS OF 30 FOOTBALL FIELDS EVERY
    MINUTE IN 2019.
  6. ALMOST HALF OF WORLD’S TIMBER AND UP TO 70% OF PAPER IS 
    CONSUMED BY EUROPE,UNITED STATES AND JAPAN ALONE.
  7. GLOBALLY, MORE THAN 1.6 BILLION PEOPLE RELY ON FOREST RESOURCES FOR
    ALL OR PART OF THEIR LIVELIHOODS.
  8. DEFORESTATION CAN CAUSE SOIL EROSION AND FLOODING.
  9. 80% OF EARTH’S LAND ANIMALS AND PLANTS LIVE IN FORESTS, AND DEFORESTATION THREATENS SPECIES INCLUDING THE ORANGUTAN, SUMATRAN TIGER, AND MANY
    SPECIES OF BIRDS.
  10. IN TERMS OF CLIMATE CHANGE, CUTTING TREES BOTH ADDS CARBON DIOXIDE INTO THE ATMOSPHERE AND REMOVES THE ABILITY TO ABSORB THE EXISTING CARBON DIOXIDE.

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What can you do to help?

Reduce consumption

It’s important to note that some forests are sustainably managed and trees are replaced, that said, if we can reduce demand to chop the trees down there would be less pressure for humans to get wood from less sustainable forestry. In the past it has been suggested that major brands have been behind deforestation. Greenpeace highlighted the destruction of the Great Northern Forests in Scandinavia. so use less if you can because truly knowing the sources of the paper is very difficult.

Paper towels

Whether its the paper we write on, the disposable towels we use after washing hands, the cardboard packaging our delivery arrives in, or the takeaway Pizza box, all these every day items create a demand for us to grow and chop down trees. In the ideal world, we would mainly use trees to make products that stay in a permanent form as these continue to store the carbon the tree absorbed from the atmosphere. When we use trees for disposable products, particularly products like paper towels that cannot be recycled as they are contaminated, we end up losing the carbon capture and creating even greater emissions. Does your school use paper towels when it could be using a zero waste solution like an electric hand dryer?

Fact – A school with 300 pupils and 30 teachers would save 20 + Trees from being cut down by using hand dryers and reduce Carbon emissions associated with drying hands by over 95%. Plus the school will save thousands of £’s which could be spent on making the school more environmentally friendly, or sports equipment, more books or school trips!

Writing paper

It’s important to enjoy writing and drawing pictures rather than always being on a computer, just try not to waste paper you don’t need to. Mistakes don’t matter, you can correct them rather than starting again.

Printing

Can you print double-sided or reuse old paper than has already been printed on and re-print on the otherside?

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