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.