There is a stark reality that we humans face today and as cliche as it may sound, changing that reality, is easier said than done.
Over the years, the problem in climate change and greenhouse gases spread like wildfire on a hot day. It continues to increase and it drastically affects our daily lives without us realizing it.
According to the recent study of British weather service body Met Office, carbon dioxide (CO2), which causes the climate-warming in the atmosphere, is dragging its near-record amount rise in 2019. Sadly, every year, this continues to increase even more.
In fact, over the past four years, it was recorded that the temperature of the Earth already reached its highest record.
Why is this happening?
One factor that majorly contributes to this massive environmental dilemma is the rising number of people and companies destructing forests. Deforestation is no longer new to our ears. We heard this word back in school and we are still talking about it today.
As recorded by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), 18.7 million acres of forests annually are being swept by various industries in the world. This is equivalent to 27 soccer fields that are being destroyed in every 60 seconds. And once the year 2030 comes, the percentage of endangered forests might jump as high as 47 percent.
In the Philippines, the country that owns two-thirds of the planet’s biodiversity, forests lose 24 percent of their covers each year over the past 100 years, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). This means that 47,000 hectares of forest covers are denuded per year or a total of 1.2 million hectares in the last century.
Deforestation causes a huge chain reaction of disasters and crises.