- Effects Of Deforestation And Solutions To Stop It
is the active clearing of land by human beings. It is largely
caused by the demand from the capitalist system in which we live.
For example, the demand for food and shelter
creates an industry that provides the food and shelter. The industry
will clear land to provide the space to plant crops and graze animals
as well as cut down the forest to provide wood that builds houses and
shelter. This is currently causing deforestation on a large scale.
If the demand from capitalism was not present then there would be no
need to cut down the forests around the world.
are obviously a number of effects caused by deforestation. The most
immediately present effect of deforestation is the descruction of both
plant and animal habitat.
you have ever seen the after effects of a forest that has
clearfelled then you will know how devastating that can be. For example
once the smoke clears then you can barely see a single piece of green
on the land. There are mangled pieces of wood strewn along the ground
and total destruction of the habitat of the animals that once lived
within the forest. It is shocking to witness the after effects of
there are even more less apparent effects of deforestation.
example this clearing of the forests is still happening on a massive
scale across the planet and is actively contributing to global warming.
The reason for this is that the carbon which is stored and sequestered
in both the wood and roots of the plants that live in the forests is
often released into the atmosphere.
the entire planet was forested and in it's natural state then the
carbon cycle would be in harmony. However with the destruction of the
forests around the world then this carbon is being released into the
atmosphere and contributing to global warming.
clearing of forests also leads to both erosion and increased damage
caused by flooding. For example without the protective layer of the
forest rain now falls directly onto the earths surface and causes
erosion. There is also more rainfall runoff on cleared land because the
precipitation is not retained by the plant growth. This additional
rainfall runoff has the effect of causing widespread damage from
flooding downstream of where the forests have been cut down.
as you can see there are a number of widespread effects that are caused
I spend a lot of time in nature listening to Gaia and tapping into the
wisdom of nature. The more I listen to our mother earth and the words
she has to say through nature the more I am aware of the sadness that
she feels from the loss of her habitat and natural balance.
also spend time listening to the elements within nature such as the
trees, streams, insects, rocks, clouds, flowers etc through the
processes I outline in my book 'The Heart Walk'. When talking with
these elements I often find a great level of confusion they are feeling
around this concept we call 'capitalism'. It goes against the heart and
I have spent hours explaining to the elements within nature what
capitalism is, how it works and the massive effects it is having on the
we always come to the conclusion that the model of capitalism is flawed
and not sustainable. The reason for this is that capitalism rests on
the premise of continual growth. If growth stops and declines then the
model ends up going into either a recession or a depression. However
because the earth's resources are limited then it is impossible to
continually expand and grow. Trees for example inherently know this
because there is a limit to their growth.
what is the solution to deforestation?
obviously the ultimate solution is to curb the demand by changing the
unsustainable capitalistic model in which we live. Just as we change
the model of our car, we can also change the model in which we live.
Personally I feel a long term model based on love and aligning with
what is in our heart is the ultimate solution todeforestation. However
in the short term it is more about curbing the demand that is causing
the habitat destruction within our forests.
we simply stop clearing the forests then Gaia naturally restores
balance. For example I have seen a number of paddocks on the edge of
rainforest that were simply left for 20-30 years. Now they are full of
'pioneer' species and it is barely perceptible that they were once
simply has a way of self regulating to restore the balance in favour of
sustaining life. So if we just stop what we are doing then the forests
will naturally restore themselves.
it is also possible to actively restore this balance through large
scale re-forestation. This is simply a matter of planting trees on
cleared and marginal land.
example, following the destruction caused by the US bombing South Korea
during the Korean War in the 1950's large tracts of forest were left
destroyed. However since the 1970's South Korea has planted over 11
billion trees and forests now cover over 64 percent of the total area
of the country.
program instigated by the South Korean government could feasibly be a
model to actively restore the balance after the destruction caused by
deforestation. However such a program on a world scale would need to
come from a shift in global consciousness such has happened with the
are many negative effects of deforestation such as habitat destruction,
global warming, soil erosion and increased flooding. There are also
solutions to deforestation such as changing the capitalist model in
which we live, allowing Gaia to natrually restore balance and actively
reforesting the planet based on South Korea's reforestation model.
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