Deforestation Dilemma

Deforestation Dilemma

Eva Dominguez, Staff Writer

Deforestation is a huge problem! The tree population is rapidly decreasing by the day. We need to stop deforestation before we have no trees left. Some people ignore deforestation and believe that everything will be fine. But believe me that’s not the case. We lose 15.3 billion trees every year. So just because people choose to ignore deforestation doesn’t mean it’s not important. That’s the biggest misconception that people make. Even though we don’t choose to believe it, we’ve got a dilemma, a deforestation dilemma. And I’ve got the evidence to prove it.

We need trees! We can’t live very long without trees. Trees are the reason we have oxygen to breathe. Trees release oxygen when they use energy from sunlight to make glucose from carbon dioxide and water. This oxygen is in the air we breathe and we need the oxygen from the trees to breathe properly. So if we lose all of our trees we won’t be alive much longer.

Trees also provide shelter and homes for animals. Eighty percent of animal species can be found in forests, and tropical rainforests. Trees aren’t only for homes they also serve as a play structure and entertainment. Think about it. Taking away all of these trees would be like taking away your house, tv, and the playground from your school. We definitely wouldn’t want that happening to us, so why bring it on our animals?

Some might say that we should take a couple years to assess the situation, but they are very wrong. If we don’t act now our trees could disappear within hours. I believe that the sooner we act the sooner our earth will recover. We can all make a change by doing small things. Even as kids we can all bring awareness. Here are a couple of things we can do to make a change:

  • Plant a tree

  • Make a poster to raise awareness

  • Write an essay to raise awareness

  • Lead a group to do some gardening

  • Take care of the trees we do have

We can all do something to make our world a better place. We need to act fast and now. Together we can stop deforestation and restore the homes, the play structures, the entertainment that are our trees. Trees mean something different to all of us, but I do know one thing. They are important to all of us.

Choose what you want our earth to look like.