Fifteen billion trees were cut down, around the world, in 2019.
That’s an average of two trees per human being living on the planet . . . per year!
There are three trillion trees on this planet of ours.
Take a moment and do some math. Divide 15 billion into 3 trillion. The answer will tell you how much longer we will have trees on this planet unless something is done to alter the madness.
Let’s continue with the statistics.
23% of the wilderness on this planet remains, down from 100% when mankind discovered farming around 8,000 B.C. We have, in fact, lost ten percent since the end of the 1990’s.
Do the math! How much wilderness do you think will remain in ten more years?
These are not random statistics I found on some disreputable website. I spent several hours following up on these statistics, looking at different sources, hoping against hope that what I found was incorrect.
Our vast human numbers, and our need for resources, and our lifestyles, are using up the Earth at an alarming pace.
Which leads us to this question . . .
WHY ISN’T ANYONE DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT?
Well, in fact, there are quite a few organizations aware of the problem, which are trying their hardest to make people aware and change lifestyles, but the fact of the matter is, most people are unaffected by this during their daily lives and thus, unconcerned. As long as they can go to the store and purchase toilet paper, or as long as they can go to the store and purchase palm oil products, everything is fine in their world.
But it really isn’t, is it?
WHAT CAN I DO?
On a global scale, I can do very little. I am not a world figure and, in fact, it would take the agreement of all world leaders to really make a substantive difference.
All I can do, and this is more for my own peace of mind than anything else, is do my part. I can plant more trees. I can lessen my own personal consumption of wood products. I can keep writing articles about it, hoping that I reach several people in the process. I can recycle like a man gone mad.
It doesn’t seem like much, but at least I can put my head on my pillow, at night, and sleep a little bit better.
For more information, here’s a link to the Nature Conservancy.