Protect earth for coming generations
WAJEEHA AHSAN ‘We’re the first generation to feel impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it.’ – Jay Inslee Nature gave us green colour and associated it with growth, harmony, freshness, safety, fertility and environment. The greenery of plants is going to be extinct if each individual of planet earth does not realize that it is his/her responsibility to preserve the plants for the next generation.
Otherwise, our next generation will be bereaved of the beauty of meadows, forests, orchards and spinneys. Yes, I am talking about deforestation. It is clearing Earth’s forests on a massive scale, often resulting in damage to the quality of land. Forests still cover about 30 percent of the world’s land area, but swaths the size of Panama are lost each and every year. According to reports of National Geographic the world’s rain forests could completely vanish in a hundred years at the current rate of deforestation.
Every year trees are cut down from the land, which is 17 times the area of Karachi. The global tree count has fallen by 46% since the beginning of human civilization. The rate of deforestation, however, has recently accelerated to an alarming level due to the penurious economic conditions in developing countries and increasing demands for wood supplies from the developed nations. Tropical rainforests in the world initially covered 15 million square km, but have been reduced to 7.5 million square km. Destruction of these forests is fatal to us because they play influential and indispensable roles on the earth.
Trees maintain the solar radiation balance by absorbing albedo from the sun. Approximately 40% of the Oxygen is provided by the rainforests in the world. Trees decrease the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. In other words, the deforestation contributes to the greenhouse effect and global warming. The burning of the trees contribute to the increase of CO level in the atmosphere.
Working on new creative ideas also works in the well-being of forthcoming generations. A new idea is rising in Sydney, Australia is Green Public Places. Since 2011 research by Planet Ark and sponsored by Toyota has recognized the numerous benefits of public spaces on our health and well-being. Trees perform a range of ecosystem functions such as providing shade and purifying the air. Tree plantation has the potential to make only a limited contribution to reducing CO2 levels in the atmosphere. The point to realize is, we are the first generation that is facing a climate change, and the last generation that can do something about it. —Via email