The Importance of Reforestation
All around the world, forests are being cut down for commercial reasons and damaged by natural disasters.
Forests are fundamental to our ecosystem: they not only provide habitat for animals, but also produce oxygen for us humans. Still the mass destruction of trees – deforestation – continues, clearing the essential habitat of many species and sacrificing the importance of living forests for short-term gain.
This is why reforestation is so important.
What is reforestation?
Reforestation is the process of restoring disappeared forests by planting trees in a particular destroyed area. The act of re-growing trees is a planned movement to restore vegetation lost due to human activity, negligence, climate change and other natural disasters.
Reforestation is not the same as afforestation, although both activities are important in order to protect our environment. Afforestation is the effort to forest an area which was previously not under forest cover. Reforestation, on the other hand, is the effort to repopulate an area which was previously under forest cover but has lost its tree population.
The importance of reforestation
Over the past few decades the earth has started to lose its biodiversity as a result of species losing their natural habitat due to deforestation. With reforestation, however, we can reverse these effects.
As the lack of trees strengthens air pollution, reforestation helps improve the quality of air we breathe. Furthermore, as trees help lower surface temperature, without forests the average temperature will continue to rise, further accelerating climate change.
Reforestation also helps us in the fight against global warming: trees reduce carbon dioxide in air and also decrease toxic gases, such as methane.
Not only the air is getting polluted due to deforestation but animals also lose their natural habitats. As forests disappear, more and more species are facing extinction. With reforestation, we can preserve wildlife and endangered species by restoring habitat loss.
Another effect of deforestation is soil erosion, which heavily affects agriculture, landslides and flash floods. But reforestation can reserve the damage caused by soil erosion. The roots of trees hold on to the soil, preventing run off of the top soil. As a result, the fertility of the soil is preserved.
Reforestation also plays an important role in maintaining water cycle. Forests prevent fresh water lakes from losing moisture, as they are a natural storage system of rainwater, while also slowing down the aridity of the atmosphere. Last but not least, trees release some of the water they absorb in the form of water vapor, helping to restore moisture of the atmosphere and maintain the main temperature of the environment.
As you can see, without forests, life cannot be maintained on earth. This is why we need to actively take part in the process of forest restoration. And this is why we’re planting a tree after every purchased Cliffchains necklace! Do something today for a better tomorrow!