Since 2000, Canada has accounted for a staggering 21% loss of the world’s forests.
Stephen Leahy writes in Canada is now the world’s leading ‘deforestation nation’:
The world’s last remaining forest wilderness is rapidly being lost — and much of this is taking place in Canada, not in Brazil or Indonesia where deforestation has so far made the headlines.
A new satellite study reveals that since 2000 more than 104 million hectares of forests — an area three times the size of Germany — have been destroyed or degraded.
“Every four seconds, an area of the size of a football (soccer) field is lost,” said Christoph Thies of Greenpeace International.
The extent of this forest loss, which is clearly visible in satellite images taken in 2000 and 2013, is “absolutely appalling” and has a global impact, Thies told IPS, because forests play a crucial in regulating the climate.
Forests are essential for our existence.
Trees, plants and all the creatures that make up a healthy forest ecosystem provide humanity with a range of vital services including storing and cleaning water, cleaning air, soaking up CO2 and producing oxygen, as well as being sources of food and wood. These “free” services are often irreplaceable and generally worth far more than the value of lumber or when converted to cattle pasture, said Sizer.
What are our municipal governments doing to maintain our forests?