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Why are forests so important to our planet?

Deforestation is one of the most seriousthreats facing humanity. According to a study published in the journal Ecology Letters, forests accumulate carbon and counteract climate change, help prevent soil erosion, and regulate the water cycle. Forests have a particularly positive effect on the environment if there is a wide variety of trees. Moreover, forests are important for the overall health of the planet. Their benefits to society and the diversity of life impose on us the responsibility and duty to protect the planet from deforestation.

Destroying forests, we bring catastrophe closer

Forests are some of the most beautiful andmagical places on earth. Especially terrible is their destruction. Hundreds of species of living creatures annually lose their habitat. Deforestation for agricultural needs today has threatened the extinction of a million species. Forest fires are becoming more and more dangerous every year. If the situation does not change, a plague called deforestation could end in disaster. To finally dispel doubts, let's get acquainted with some reasons that demonstrate the need for the conservation of forests on our planet.

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Content

  • 1 Forests help us breathe
  • 2 More than 2,000 million people depend on forests
  • 3 Forests are more than just trees
  • 4 Forests purify the air
  • 5 Forests help us cure diseases

Forests help us breathe

Air pollution kills seven million people every year

Forests process the oxygen needed tolife, and absorb carbon dioxide, which we exhale (or emit). It is estimated that one mature and leafy tree provides a daily oxygen supply of 2 to 10 people. Phytoplankton in the ocean is more fertile because it provides half of the Earth’s oxygen, but forests remain a key source of quality air on the planet.

More than 2,000 million people depend on forests

Despite the fact that we don’t notice it, forests help us every day.

According to WWF, forests provide usshelter, livelihood, water, food and fuel. Almost all activities are directly or indirectly related to forests. Some of them are easy to list: wood mining, paper production, etc. Others are less obvious, since many everyday products (medicines, cosmetics, and detergents) include components found in forest herbs and trees.

Forests are more than just trees

Deforestation has threatened the extinction of a million species of living creatures

80% of the Earth’s biodiversity lives in forests. Insects and worms provide the soil with nutrients, bees and birds spread pollen and seeds, and wolves and large feline keep hungry and herbivorous animals at bay. Biodiversity is a key factor for both ecosystems and humans. Among other things, trees create vital shadow oases thanks to branches and leaves. In the city, trees help keep buildings cool by reducing the need for fans or air conditioning, while large forests can regulate regional temperatures.

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Forests purify the air

Forest conservation helps fight air pollution efficiently

Forests purify the air on a much larger scale,what it might seem. Trees absorb a wide range of air pollutants, including carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide. Forests save millions of lives.

This is interesting: What happens if a continent-sized forest appears on Earth?

Forests help us cure diseases

A huge number of herbs grow in the forests

About 70% of known plants possessanti-cancer properties and are found in tropical or humid forests. A simple walk through the woods can be beneficial for your health, helping you get rid of stress, lower blood pressure, make you happier and strengthen your immune system. The latter may be partly due to the fact that trees release compounds called phytoncides into the air, which cause the body to stimulate natural cells that attack infections and protect against diseases.