I am very concerned about what is currently happening in our countries, deforestation in particular. It is not only that we are constantly sacrificing what counts as a reserve of oxygen needed for living healthy lives, but we are destroying the natural habitat of various species. The world we will leave behind will be poorer and poorer, and it is only a matter of time, until there will be nothing left. This may be hard to believe for someone who only sees today, but the truth is catastrophic. I will talk about some numbers now, so you can see what I am seeing.
Have you any idea about how green these lands we live on today used to be? Deforestation is not something that is only happening nowadays. It has started a long time ago and its destructive force continues on its path. By the year 1600, 90% of all the virgin forests in the US were destroyed through deforestation. The problem is that no one seems willing to stop. Deforestation continues and there are people who firmly believe that just about one quarter of the forests we see today will still be standing 70 years from now.
Another issue is that everyone seems to be engaged in this destructive habit. Loggers have every bit of interested in producing lumber, and their more and more efficient methods of deforestation yield a lot of wood from forested areas. They do not care that they leave behind nothing but barren land, since they make their profit and then move away. Landowners are also lured by the promise of easy profit. They sell their lands, so these can be deforested and then transformed into areas on which large residential complexes are being built.
This is not something, however, that affects only the urban part of America. In rural areas, the same thing happens. Farmers want more land to plant their crops, and the more land they can grab, the better. We are shamelessly destroying the land, and the effects will be suffered by the next generations even more than by us.
A nation known as the leader for producing and consuming forest products, the US is bound to have a serious environmental issue that many still choose to ignore. They tend to believe that there is nothing to worry about, but victims appear time after time. So far, unique species living in these forests have gone extinct, such as the Carolina parakeet, and the Bachman’s warbler, and many will follow. If we do not do something to stop this, and we allow deforestation to continue, we will leave, as legacy, to our future generations, a barren land that once used to be great, populated with all kinds of species of animals and birds.