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 environment and climate change.
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We’ve put together 10 key facts about deforestation:
- Forests cover 30% of the earth’s land.
- Agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation.
- 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.
- Within 100 years, rainforests could be completely wiped out.
- The rate of deforestation equalled to a loss of 30 football fields every minute in 2019.
- Almost half of world’s timber and up to 70% of paper is consumed by Europe, United States and Japan alone.
- Globally, more than 1.6 billion people rely on forest resources for all or part of their livelihoods.
- Deforestation can cause soil erosion and flooding.
- 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.
- 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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