What is broken forest?

Broken Forest is a site dedicated to outlining the importance of forests, and why deforestation is a bad thing. This site also aims to help people understand how they can help prevent deforestation, and also learn about what it is, and what it can potentially do to our planet.

What is Deforestation?

Deforestation is the process whereby natural forests are cleared through logging and/or burning, either to use the timber or to replace the area for alternative uses.

What is the extent of Deforestation?

12-15 million hectares of forest are lost each year, the equivalent of 36 football fields per minute.

What are the effects of deforestation?

Reduced biodiversity: Deforestation and forest degradation can cause biodiversity to decline. When forest cover is removed, wildlife is deprived of habitat and becomes more vulnerable to hunting. Considering that about 80% of the world's documented species can be found in tropical rainforests, deforestation puts at risk a majority of the Earth’s biodiversity.

Release of greenhouse gas emissions: Deforestation causes 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Of these, carbon dioxide emissions represent up to one-third of total carbon dioxide emissions released because of human causes.

Disrupted water cycles: As a result of deforestation, trees no longer evaporate groundwater, which can cause the local climate to be much drier.

Increased soil erosion: Deforestation accelerates rates of soil erosion, by increasing runoff and reducing the protection of the soil from tree litter.

Disrupted livelihoods: Millions of people rely directly on forests, through small-scale agriculture, hunting and gathering, and by harvesting forest products such as rubber. Deforestation continues to pose severe social problems, sometimes leading to violent conflict.

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The Facts

Want to know what we're fighting against? Read on!

Let's take a quick look at the main causes of deforestation

Deforestation is a global issue, but what's the cause?

Subsistence farming

48%

Commercial Agriculture

32%

Logging

14%

Fuel Wood Removals

8%

About these stats

The main cause of deforestation is subsistence agriculture. This is were farmers focus on growing enough food to feed themselves and their families. However this can cause farmers to need more land to grow crops, and so trees are cut down, harvested, and the land is then used for crops. Commercial agriculture is also a massive proponent of deforestation due to also needing the land for crops so as to create their farms. Logging and fuel wood removals are also usually commercial harvesting. The issue with these acts is that a lot of them are unwarranted and the forests are not regrown. Forests are cut down, but rarely are they brought back.

a few statistics about deforestation

Carbon Interchange

Forests count for about 90% of the annual interchange of carbon between the atmosphere and land.

Forest cover

During the last half century, the Earth's largest rainforest has lost at least 17% of its forest cover.

Save the Amazon

The Amazon contains 90-140 billion metric tons of carbon, the release of even a portion of which would accelerate global warming significantly if deforestation were to occur.

How You Can Help

Some small changes, make the world of difference

Plant a tree

You know how little it costs to buy seeds for trees these days? Less than a cup of coffee! By planting a tree, you're helping the planet live longer, and of course it's good to get some fresh air also!

Go Paperless

By using less paper in your day to day activities, you're potentially saving hundreds of trees. Even though one tree can produce roughly 1,500 pounds of paper, if we all used a little less, many trees would be spared

Recycle

Recycling materials a lot for the Earth. It energy consumption, pollution, and can even keep your bills down thanks to having less waste to pay for removal!

Look for Forest Stewardship Council

Look for the FSC mark on wood products to ensure that you are buying products that have environmentally sound and ergonomically prosperous management of the world's forests.

Eat Vegetarian

Not all the time, but as much as possible! We eat so much meat that farmers are forced into deforestation to graze their livestock.

Travelling

By cycling or walking instead of driving you will be reducing pollution and carbon dioxide emissions.

Reach Out

Don't just take the statistics on board, use them. Help humanity work towards a better future, and don't stand for unjustified deforestation.