Deforestation – Revolution World Issue

An in-depth look at the effects of deforestation contributing to ocean acidification and exacerbating climate change, narrated by Rob Stewart, Director of the film Revolution.

Today, seventy-five percent of the world’s forests are gone due to deforestation. Plants provide oxygen, shelter, food and medicine, and impact the health and stability other ecosystems, water resources, wildlife and people. For 550 million years, plants have acted as nature’s carbon sink, absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and converting it to oxygen. Deforestation is the second biggest cause of carbon pollution, increasing greenhouse gas levels and leading to increased seawater acidity (ocean pH) as the oceans absorb atmospheric carbon. Deforestation contributes to global warming and climate change. Some of the most vulnerable to deforestation are tropical rainforests, which are home to more than half of the world’s species and produce one third of the oxygen in the air that we breathe. Already, scientists estimate as many as 100 to 1000 species are wiped off the face of the earth each day; and scientists expect two thirds of the world’s species could be gone by the end of the century. In order to save the forests we depend on for survival, we must find deforestation solutions and implement ecological design modeled from natural ecosystems, working with nature rather than against it. The causes of deforestation are timber harvesting, agriculture, shifting population, cattle ranching and firewood collection.

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