Lumbering is a major business in Canada. So what about deforestation? Well surprisingly Canada is the country with one of the lowest deforestation. Only 0.02% of the forests are lost. The government has not taken deforestation lightly as it affects the soil, biodiversity and ultimately the climate. The law in Canada makes health management of forests a major issue. Here are some facts about Canada and Deforestation.
Lowest deforestation rate – Yes 25 years back deforestation was rapid. However taking into account the figures today only 2 trees out of 10000 are lost. That makes it an annual deforestation rate of 0.02%. In fact deforestation rates are dipping every year, thanks to excellent control by the government.
Logging causes deforestation is a myth – Deforestation means converting forest land permanently for other uses. Logging is done in Canada but is followed by Plantation to keep the forests intact. In fact a series of programs with plantation and natural growth of forests are undertaken to maintain the biodiversity. In fact logging industry is responsible for most of the plantation.10 trees are planted for every tree taken down.
Most rigorous laws for deforestation – Unlike popular belief Canada laws make cutting trees very difficult. You can read more about the laws here. The forests lost to forest fires and insects cannot qualify as deforestation. The deforestation done is essential for economic growth.
I think litter is a major problem which is threatening the health of our planet. All the major cities of the world generate millions of tons of trash every year, and of course it once again comes down to what I keep referring to – over-population. This glut of garbage can be laid squarely at the feet of massive urban populations, and they are known as ‘throw-away societies’ – they just discard their bottles, paper, plastic wherever they are – into rivers, into the sea and into the streets. I was very surprised to read on the Internet that Canadians produce more garbage per capita than any other country on earth. We’ve all seen the way motorists and truck haulers simply hurl their garbage out of their moving vehicles.
Environmentalists tell us that we are harm our storm water systems, our oceans and our wildlife, with many animals dying a horrible death when they’ve swallowed plastic discarded carelessly by the human race. Littering the environment can cause fires too. People who litter simply don’t care about the earth. care, and to prove this, I’ve joined a group in our neighborhood who have the same concerns that I have and I want to feel I’m doing something for nature, which I have such a strong affinity with.
When we talk about nature it is the whole ecosystem. It includes land and sea, plants and animals and even the atmosphere. However the acts of humans are disturbing the balance. The so called development juggernaut has crushed and destroyed natural resources. The developed world is facing toxic poisoning from chemicals produced by us. These have resulted in the current state of the world which faces many negative impacts of the plunder of nature. Some of the factors contributing to the accelerated destruction of nature are :
- Ever growing Human Population – Humans or “Homo Sapiens” and Virus have one thing in common, unheralded growth. We have controlled deaths by medicine but have not been able to control birth in the same rate. This has led to a burgeoning population. This is the root cause of all other factors which are directly or indirectly associated. Controlling population is not all possible, unless some step is taken which is revolutionary.
- Deforestation – Trees give more to earth than take, and we just cut them. Should not be cutting trees be branded as a serious crime with a punishment to deter. Humans have depleted the forest almost completely. 80% of total forest cover is not there. Does the excuse of settlement area or development stand? Well nature will take its toll.
- Rapid Industrialization – Factories sending poisonous fumes and polluting the air. The chemical effluents poisoning our rivers and seas. What kind of development is this? Well nature is replying with acid rain, climate change and more diseases coming to us.
We need to not only realize the facts but also act soon. If we do not act, soon we will destroy the place we live in- The planet earth along with nature as we call it. There will be no need for aliens to destroy us.