Deforestation has adversely affected our environment and climate. In fact, it is one of the reasons why global warming is progressing at an alarming rate. However, all is not lost as reforestation can help to slow down the rate of global warming. The problem lies in the fact that the rate of deforestation exceeds the rate of reforestation. In this article, I will show you why reforestation is so important. Before you continue reading, do follow me and subscribe to my newsletter.
#1: Reduction of Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere
Trees are famously known as the lungs of the Earth, and for good reason. Trees, being plants, take in carbon dioxide and give out oxygen in the day. This helps to replenish oxygen levels in our atmosphere and reduces the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. By lowering the level of greenhouse gases present in the atmosphere, the rate of global warming is slowed down. However, reforestation efforts have not been very effective due to the fact that carbon dioxide levels have been increasing rapidly in recent years.
#2: It Provides Habitats for Animals
In the process of deforestation, many trees have been burnt or chopped down. As a result, many species of animals which depend on forests for shelter and food face the threat of extinction. Reforestation provides new homes for these animals, thereby preserving wildlife.
#3: It Combats Soil Erosion
The roots of a trees help to hold the soil beneath them together, thereby avoiding soil erosion. Deforestation, however, results in increased soil erosion, as soil is washed away by rain. This makes future reforestation much harder as the nutritious top layer of soil is washed away as well. Reforestation, on the other hand, helps to protect soil from erosion and restore soil fertility.
#4: It Helps to Avoid Desertification
Forests play an important role in the water cycle. Using their roots, they take up water from the ground and give out water vapour through the stomata of their leaves. This helps to maintain precipitation levels in an area and avoid desertification, which is a consequence of deforestation. When an area is cleared of trees, a constant supply of water vapour needed for cloud formation is absent. Consequently, the aforementioned area becomes arid and dry, thereby becoming a desert.
As you might have noticed, this is a relatively short article. However, I believe these reasons are enough to enlighten you about the benefits and importance of reforestation. The world is changing rapidly, and unfortunately, for the worst. What we have is time and we must utilise it carefully. If this article was in any way helpful to you, do consider giving it a like! Thanks for reading and stay tuned for my next article!