Forests are more than just a collection of trees—they are integrated ecosystems and home to some of the most diverse life on earth. They are also major players in the carbon and water cycles that make life possible. When forests are lost or degraded, their destruction sets off a series of changes that affect life both locally and around the world.
Lasting effects from the ongoing destruction of wilderness will be the mass extinction of species that provide earth with biodiversity. Although great extinctions have occurred in the past, none has occurred as rapidly or has been so much the result of the actions of a single species.