Deforestation Essay

1126 words - 5 pages

Deforestation; It’s a topic we don’t think about in our day to day life. A lot of people believe that when we deforest the world, we are not doing a lot of damage. But we have lost over 20% of our rain forests alone. Costa Rica “experiences a rapid deforestation rate of 2.9% annually.” (Jones)
If 20% of our world population diminished, we would lose about 1,329,525,422 people. That would be like losing every human being in the United States, Europe and South America. This would be tragic. When you hear 20%, you don’t think that is a lot, but if you imagine the whole world losing three of the biggest pieces of land and all the people on it, it’s a lot. The forest should ...view middle of the document...

If we stop now we can stop the chances of creating more pollution in this country. That would stretch out the hole that is already there in the ozone layer. This would cause more and more problems with the UV rays on our skin. More people would get skin cancer and worse cases of the everyday sun burn. Our world does not need that.

Another reason that deforestation is a very bad idea, is that when we are cutting down the trees in the forest, we are also cutting down on the oxygen put into the air. Plants and trees are a crucial part of our daily lives. They take in the gasses that we put out, and they put out the gasses that we take in. It is a huge cycle. It’s common sense. If you think about it, we are taking out the living organisms that give us our supply of oxygen. If we do that, many other problems can occur. The air also plays a huge part in our organs and systems such as the respiratory system. It is harder for the respiratory system to take in oxygen that is not there or there in small quantities. Our organs would start to shut down because it’s main source of life isn’t there anymore. Our lungs would shut down, then our heart would stop. You are all smart enough to know what would happen if our heart stopped beating. Death.

The last of many reasons that we should not deforest the world, is that our food chain is being tampered with. When we do, we are killing of the trees that contain the food source for many of the animals that we eat to survive. It would be like a chain reaction. It would work on up the food chain and kill off many of the animals that we eat let alone the plants that we consume. It’s darn near impossible in this day in age to create an animal or food source that is extinct. Why mess up the entire animal race for a little paper. We have other ways of surviving without paper, but we don’t without a food source. Also scientists say that most of the species of animals are in the rain forest. If we cut down these forests, we are probably losing 10 million types of species we could have...

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