God gave us the luxury to live peacefully together with the presence of animals roaming around undisturbed in groups without fear of being molested. All these needs that we enjoy are gifts forever nurtured by all living things and should be protected by everybody who uses them.
What causes deforestation and habitat destruction?
The number one culprits of forest destruction is illegal logging. Because of the need to supply materials for building, infrastructures, papers and other industrial requirements for development, cutting of trees continues. Mining follows with the digging of soil to get mines down under leaving a hollow space that results in soil erosion together with cutting of trees to be used for tunneling. This is followed by oil and gas exploration, like mining, that causes a tremendous disturbance to the soil profile. Cattle ranching and agriculture also contributes deforestation and destroying wildlife natural habitat.
Some other minor contributors to forest destruction are land development, land titles, infrastructures, corruption, and lack of actions to law enforcers. Forest personnel don’t perform their duties to apprehend illegal loggers.
How you can help stop deforestation and natural habitat?
This is a concerted efforts for everybody to work a common goal in order to reach a point where the result would be satisfactory and the world enjoys a clean and green environment.
5 ways you can do to help stop deforestation and natural habitat
As an ordinary citizen, you can help spreads about the effect of forest destruction by way of showing concern to a clean and green surroundings. Be active in information dissemination by joining environmental groups, concerned citizens, and other activist groups whose concerns centered on forest management.
2. Tree planting
I still remember during my college days, during the time of Pres. Marcos of the Philippines, that every candidates for graduation in all courses were required to plant at least 10 trees, before being issued a tree planting certificate. No body were allowed to graduate without a tree planting certificate. Sad to note, that this was stopped after Marcos was dethroned from office through the People Power Revolution.
This can be duplicated in all countries and modified to include not only graduating students, but also all public and private companies, employees, and private citizens to plant trees every year as specified by their local and national officials.
A law should be passed to make tree planting compulsory to all citizens.
3. Good farming practices
Proper farming methods should be applied with respect to the introduction of innovative crop and animal production. Government intervention plays a vital role to formulate rules and laws to encourage farmers to use hybrid crop varieties, hydroponics farming, greenhouse, container and urban gardening.
This includes organic farming, the use of compost and composting of household and farm waste products.
4. Forest rejuvenation and plantation
The use of forest products can’t be controlled due to the demand for timber, paper and other industrial needs for development. But, this can be solved by the introduction of fast growing and high yielding trees to be planted by paper industries.
The remaining forest covers should not be disturbed anymore, but rather developed and protected against illegal loggers. A stricter law should be passed in every country to save the remaining forest from further degradation.
5. Strengthen Endangered Species Act
Legislative intervention should be strengthen to implement the Endangered Species Act and require all agencies concerns to strictly enforce the full force of the law. All point of entries should be manned by law enforcers who are honest and can’t be bribed by animal poachers.
There are other ways you can do to help stop deforestation and natural habitat destruction. Your small act of concern in this endeavor would be a great contribution to save our mother earth from further deterioration and disaster.