It is vital for children to understand the importance of forests, the role they play in the environment, and the impact of deforestation. With that in mind, we put the following facts together that you can share with the kids in your life to help teach them.
What do paper, cinnamon, lumber, and maple syrup all have in common? They all come from trees. A large area of land covered with trees is called a forest. Everything that lives in a forest make up its ecosystem (environment). When forests are cut down it is called deforestation.
Forests are very important to all life on planet earth. Forests provide homes to millions of animals, such as birds, insects, wild animals and reptiles. Forests provide resources to help us live on earth. Wood from trees is used to build homes, furniture and provide fuel. Paper is made from wood pulp, and much food and medicines comes from a variety of forest plants and animals that make their home (habitat) in forests.
How many forests are on the earth?
Before people began to cut down forests to build cities and create farmland, forests covered about 60 percent of the earth. That was a lot of trees, plants and animals. Over half the earth was covered with forests. Some say that today there is only about one-fifth of the original forests remaining. Forests are being destroyed at a dangerous rate and it threatens all life on earth.
Many people are concerned about there being less forests today. They have reason to be concerned. When forests are cleared or cut down it is called deforestation. People remove forests for different reasons. There are over 7 billion people on the earth today. In order to make more room in cities for people to live they clear forests. Trees are also cleared to grow more food and raise livestock. Some people want to cut down forests in order to make money and sell the lumber.
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The world's forests continue to shrink as populations increase and forest land is converted to agriculture and other uses, but over the past 25 years the rate of net global deforestation has slowed down by more than 50 percent, FAO said in a report published today.