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Save Our Forests

Our beautiful forests are our birthright and belong to our children’s children. We must take steps to save them before it’s too late.

Our natural resources are disappearing at an alarming rate. Nature labored millions of years to form our beautiful earth with jungles, forests,and clean water. And do we keep it pristine and bountiful? No, we try to destroy our only dwelling place for the almighty dollar. Where and how do we think our grandchildren will live when we cut down the trees and destroy the water which was our birthright and should be theirs for their lifetime and beyond, and as long as any life form inhabits the earth.

We all know our climate is changing and we should all take up the challenge to do everything in our power to resolve this issue. Right now the most cost effective solution to reduce global carbon emissions is to protect our forests. We are not sure how much global warming is natural and how much is man made but we do know that forests produce oxygen and uses carbon dioxide. That knowledge in itself should tell us we need to stop logging our forests.

Each year about 20% of greenhouse gases come from destruction of forests. That’s more than all the cars, planes, and trains in the world. And still we continue to cut 37 million acres of trees a year. Are we on a suicide mission? Do we need the trees so badly that we are willing to kill the earth and all our descendants to satisfy our craving? We don’t have to cut trees to build houses. There are bricks, adobe, cement, and materials I have never heard of to build with. Do we need so much paper?

Bolivia is the first country in the world with a program scientifically proven to lower carbon emissions by protecting their forests. The Nature Conservancy joined forces with the Bolivian government, local conservationists and three international energy companies to buy out logging companies who were set to cut over a million acres of tropical forests, which is a wildlife habitat and livelihood to the community. That step alone reduced the release of more than 5 million metric tons of carbon. That’s the equivalent of removing a million cars off the road.

No question about it, much more will have to be done but Bolivia has taken a good first step forward and it seems to me we should follow suit. While Congress talks about it , the Nature Conservancy is holding meetings around the country, bringing people together to explore forest protection options. A recent meeting was held in Atlanta at Georgia Power Headquarters. Something should be done now. At the rate our forests are being destroyed the opportunity won’t be available long.

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  1. sandie

    On June 27, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    I cannot understand why some people refer concrete buildings to beautiful woodlands and green countryside, the countryside and rain forests are all a thing of beauty with hidden species still not yet seen or heard of. Maybe some things have been here all along from the dinosaurs.

  2. Francois Hagnere

    On June 27, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Again I quite agree with my friend Ruby! Thank you for this excellent article. Take care,

  3. ken bultman

    On June 27, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Our farmlands are disappearing, too, Ruby.

  4. Darla Beck

    On June 27, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    A very well written article.

  5. Lucas Dié

    On June 27, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    well written, thank you for sharing

  6. Steve West

    On June 27, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Excellent article. It would be wise for our politicians to heed this message.

  7. Deep Blue

    On June 27, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Really alarming. With the global warming issue without any vegetation or forest to absorb the heat, we will be easily toasted. Take Australia for example. Well written.

  8. Pinaki Ghosh

    On June 27, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    We all must be very careful to our mother nature.

  9. George W Whitehead

    On June 27, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Nice article, Ruby. Here in the UK you have to get permission from your local town council before you can cut down some species of broadleaf trees on your own property, in fact you even have to get their permission to lop off branches from these trees!
    Some trees of special significance have preservation orders on them, meaning that they can never be felled!

  10. R J Evans

    On June 27, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Excellent article. We really need to do more to save the planet for future generations.

  11. chris73

    On June 27, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    I agree with all that but let me mention that the real problem is much more deeper than most of the time we prefer to face.
    Ok, it is a step to preserve and handle wiser all the natural resources, but maybe this is only an aspirin. And i explain: the earth is unable to recover its resources that we consume rapidly.The situation is exactly like many people who spent more than they earn. They can have a great life for a while but not for long.
    It is not the only problem that forests. Do you ever think how much energy do we use every day, each person of the “developed” part of the world? We can not live without all the comforts we used to until now. Our computers, our nice goods, our garbage, our food junk or not our warm house during the winter, our nice car, our great hospitals, our vacations, our, our, our….. If all the people on earth start to consume as much energy and water you and me use every day the earth is almost certain that will colapse too soon. Are we ready to quit from all our comforts here and now? I am sure not. And who gives “us” the right to say to others, that were not so previleged until now, that they don’t have the right to live in prosperity, even for just some years because we destroyed the earth with our actions before them?. This is a fact, but “we” enjoyed and had fun and big cars and nice refrigerators and nice pools when others were struggling and still struggling just to survive and be a little more free.
    All i want to say, is that the great problems have deep roots, and if we really worry about, we ought not to touch only the surface. We are “all” part of the problem as long as we continue that way of life.

  12. Lauren Axelrod

    On June 27, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Let’s all go green

  13. ahmad joko setyawan

    On June 27, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Brilliant article and an excellent topic to bring up.I agree a lot has to do with the forests/plants.Poeple don’t realize that before scientists have even discovered some forms of new life we are wiping it out just by destroying out plants and wildlife,species deletion stability,if you take one away the rest cannot survive.As always a news worthy article ruby and very enjoyable read.

  14. Lostash

    On June 27, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Well done Bolivia! We are ALL part of the problem, and should all make the effort (no matter how small) to take action!

  15. Lex92

    On June 27, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Good post… but can someone please tell me what in the world is a green house gas? I mean, you hear the term all the time, but no one can ever define it.

  16. Joie Schmidt

    On June 27, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Thank you for this important article.



    -Liane Schmidt.

  17. CA Johnson

    On June 27, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    This is very good, Ruby. There should be more done to save the forest. I have seen a lot of trees cut down when they don’t even look that bad.

  18. Poetic Enigma

    On June 27, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    This is a great article, very well written,
    and on an important topic!

  19. Sheila M

    On June 27, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Great article Ruby!

  20. Joe Dorish

    On June 27, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Yes, without forests we are done for.

  21. Inna Tysoe

    On June 27, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Good article.


  22. Brave Photographer

    On June 27, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Very good article.Thanks for sharing this one.

  23. jamie mullen

    On June 27, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Alexa a greenhouse gas is a gas(e.g carbon dioxide) that gets trapped in the earths atmosphere causing the earth to heat up.

  24. RS Wing

    On June 27, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Brazil has some degree moved in that direction as well utilizing other natural resources and are completely self sufficient regarding energy.On another note, it’s more than just our futures birth right. A little secret, houses can be built with metal studs that are stronger, cheaper too manufacture, and far more stable than “stick-built homes”. Ornately used is more of a challenge , but overdone , ornate homes are usually built by the wealthy.I know this because I’ve been in the building trades 20+years, also mother nature has her own defense mechanism, she fights back with furious hurricanes, tornados,sunami’s. Do people actually think that these recent weather trends in the past 10 years are a coincidence? We won’t stop killing ourselves until we improve the human condition. As technology advances it brings us that much closer to annilation. Man cannot control their impulsive urges too destruct, I say we go ban cell phone use and go back to horse and buggy and enjoy the simple pleasures our planet has to offer The Amish have successfully proven it can be done. Fantastic and well written wake up call to the masses. Great work!

  25. Mark Gordon Brown

    On June 27, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    It is a tradgedy but I fear we cannot see the forest (the problems we created) through the trees (or lack thereof)

  26. Brenda Nelson

    On June 27, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    As I am sure every one is sick of hearing me say (or seeing me type) the reason we have so many problems and continue to demand so many resources.. is because we keep pumping out kids at an alarming rate and all of them need things, from food to houseing.. to toilet paper for their bums.

  27. Christine Ramsay

    On June 28, 2009 at 2:33 am

    An excellent article which brings it home to us how responsible we are for the state of the planet today. We must all do much more if we are going to preserve resources for our children and grandchildren. Well done.


  28. PR Mace

    On June 28, 2009 at 3:22 am

    Excellent and well written. I worry about the woods behind my house. I enjoy the birds and squirrels.

  29. Anne Lyken Garner

    On June 28, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Great post. I’m all for preserving trees and forests. I’m serious about saving our planet.

  30. Ruby Hawk

    On June 28, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Thank you all my good friends, As you all know who read my articles I am strictly against all the surplus in our lives. I preach it all the time. So many of us don’t know the difference between what we want and what we need.If we didn’t demand and buy all the “stuff” we wouldn’t have to worry as much about greenhouse gases and the destruction of our planet.

    Chris, any one thing we can do is only an aspirin.but we have to start somewhere.We should already be recycling, buying only what we need, using less water and energy. Less of everything and none when we can get by without it. We can’t live on a destroyed planet so we have to save it. Leave trees standing, don’t dirty our streams.Build small houses. We can do it but everybody must do their part.

  31. Mr Ghaz

    On June 28, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Great post!!..very interesting read and well thought too..I agree with you the forest..”global warming issue”..excellent presentation too..Thanx for sharing.

  32. Judy Sheldon

    On June 28, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Computers save tons of paper. We can pay bills and bank online w/o wasting paper. We can recycle paper that has been shredded and we can plant trees. In my little corner of the world I’ve watched as God has given me new trees continually. My maple tree gives birth to saplings, as do my other trees. I started out with three trees in 94 when I bought this house, and now have 16. They keep my home
    cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. I give away trees because I’ve an abundance and have plenty. Nature is marvelous, if we would just respect & protect it.

  33. Eunice Tan

    On June 28, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    We owe the forest to next generation. Agree with you Ruby, Save the Forests!

  34. Elizabeth Abbott

    On June 29, 2009 at 4:11 am

    Great article. so sad to loose our wonderful trees and foliage.

  35. Kate Smedley

    On June 29, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Excellent article, we should all do whatever we can to help, the consequences of inaction are frightening.

  36. Daisy Peasblossom

    On June 30, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Living quietly upon the earth, making as small a footprint as we can, is the best many of us can do. Only a few will be policy makers; yet individual effort is essential. Policy can only go so far in repairing and conserving.

  37. CutestPrincess

    On July 11, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Very nicely done, again. Keep up the excellent writing!

  38. gail girlie bum

    On August 22, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    hai,hello what are the things do we do to save our forests?

  39. luke

    On October 10, 2010 at 9:56 am

    please save them or just do as much as yo can to save them

  40. jada

    On October 10, 2010 at 9:57 am

    shut up

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