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8 Basic Ways of Preventing Deforestation


									There have been so many discussions on the effects of deforestation in
our environment. These effects range from alarming to catastrophic. We
have read newspaper headlines that show the wreckage that natural
disasters have done. Flashfloods have not only damaged millions of
properties all over the globe but it has also collected lives.
Landslides have done the same. These two are the results of nature's
balance that has been disturbed-”they are the effects of deforestation.
Deforestation is the act of converting patches of forests to become areas
of residence or industry. More and more businessmen are pushing through
forests to obtain more land. Environment is sacrificed in exchange for
profit. And this is a highly disturbing fact.

  As an individual or as a part of the global community, you can do
something to help prevent deforestation. Maybe you can't fight off
illegal loggers with your bear hands but with some basic ways, you can
make a difference-”no matter how small. Here's a list:       1.      If
deforestation is a negative event, then a positive event should take
place to counter its effects-”reforestation. Plant trees and begin doing
this in your yard. Trees give off oxygen that is essential for human
existence and they, in turn, capture the carbon dioxide that humans and
animals exhale. Trees also help in containing water in its roots. With
this simple act, you are able to prevent soil erosion, which is the root
cause of landslides! 2.      Use recycled items such as books or pad
paper, toilet paper, even shopping bags. If you can, do not waste any of
these products so that no new raw material would be required to replace
them.     3.     If you are a farmer (or if you know someone who works as
a farmer), try to rotate your crops. Instead of using a different
portion of land each year, why not use the same portion with different
crops? This practice also helps in maintaining the fertility of the
soil. With the rotation of crops, not only is there a variety on the
harvest each year, there is also the possibility of keeping that portion
of land for as long as you can. 4.      Cut down only the mature trees.
Do not kill baby trees. And for every tree that is lost, plant another
one as a replacement. 5.     Join environmental awareness groups that
would help you be an advocate of reforestation. In Washington,
specifically in the Washington Middle School, there was a group of
students that established a service-learning project. In their project,
they asked a penny from each person. They explained that this money
would help in buying acres of the rainforest in Amazon. Once this pushes
through, no deforestation could take place in that purchased area.    6.
      There is a report that in Indonesia and Malaysia, more and more
trees are cut down to produce palm oil. This massive destruction in the
forests of both countries resulted into the loss of habitat for the
native orangutans. With the loss of more trees, more animals become
homeless. You can't help prevent this altogether but you can limit your
consumption of products that contain palm oil such as breads, chocolates,
and even some cosmetics such as shampoo, soap or toothpaste. As to your
food consumption, you can begin a diet of roasted or boiled foods instead
of frying them.    7. Instead of using firewood, use coals to heat up
your fireplaces during the winter season. Remember that it takes only a
few hours to consume the firewood but it would take years to grow a
single tree. Think twice before purchasing firewood again. 8.
      Support the laws or programs that were made to protect the forests
and to stop any form of deforestation. Programs such as the Tropical
Forestry Action Plan have done a major difference on the way
deforestation is looked at today. This program spearheaded the
discussion of tropical deforestation.      It is imperative to know that
there is no such thing as a small, insignificant act when it comes to
defeating deforestation. No matter how small your deed maybe, the
important thing there is -˜every act can make a difference'.
Deforestation can be prevented and you can be an active force in
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