As our planet is being plagued with ongoing issues like climate change and natural disasters, it’s clear that we need to take responsibility.
The human race needs to take action by maintaining its natural world, precious wildlife and biodiversity.
Commit to volunteer work and help maintain the world’s natural resources. These include:
The planet relies on a balance of these resources to maintain its biodiversity and ecological balance but the human race needs forests to survive.
Let’s take a look at a few facts from the
that may surprise you about the world's forests which are home to the planet's wildlife, animals, plants and humans:
Most deforestation takes place in tropical countries, whereas most developed countries are experiencing stable or increasing forest areas
Deforestation affected an estimated 13 million hectares per year between 2000 and 2010; net forest loss was 5.2 million hectares per year, due to afforestation and natural expansion.
In developing countries, wood-based fuels are the dominant source of energy for more than 2 billion poor people.
In Africa, over 90 percent of harvested wood is used for energy.
Wood is not the only resource taken from forests. About 80 percent of people in the developing world use non-wood forest products for health and nutritional
needs and for income.
Besides keeping the human race alive by supplying a sustainable fuel source and other health-related products,
forests are crucial in maintaining the ecological balance on our fragile planet.
On a brighter note, there are countries in the world setting a good example and are expanding their forests while applying sustainable agricultural practices.
Developing countries remain the greatest problem area. They house some of the most important forests of the world and without any action, the situation will continue to
deteriorate leading to more devastating catastrophes. Are you ready to help turn the tide and join one of the many environmental conservation programs?
Volunteer abroad for one of the conservation projects and learn what you can do to protect the planet’s precious natural resources.