Earth is turning out to be less hospitable to human life. With a growing rate of environmental degradation, we are putting our own lives at complete risk and there is no question whether humans will be the main victim of their own mass extinction.
Deforestation is one of the activities that humans have long been doing but they hardly find time to plant a sapling. The rate at which the planet is losing its biodiversity is comparable only to the mass extinctions without the shadow of a doubt.
Trees eliminate atmospheric carbon and output oxygen during the process of photosynthesis. It is calculated that a 1 billion hectare increase in forests could limit global warming to an increase of 1.5 degrees Celsius by the year 2050.
Seeing these infamous activities of trees being cut down in the country, a 9-year-old schoolgirl identified as Valentina Elangbam is deeply hurt. She really felt the pain when so many trees were cut down.
She is not even ten years old but her act caught everyone’s attention on social media. Valentina Elangbam, a 9-year-old girl from Manipur was seen crying in a viral video after two trees which she planted and nurtured for years were cut. She has now been appointed as the first ‘Green Ambassador’ of Manipur.
Manipur CM N Biren Singh recruited Valentina as the “Green Ambassador” for “Chief Minister’s Green Manipur Mission” including all other official plantation activities taken up in the State. Her love and affection for the trees would generate mass awareness on conservation of environment.
The new study reveals that reforesting an area about the size of the United States could scrub nearly around 100 years’ worth of carbon emissions.
As per their data, Earth can support nearly 4.4 billion hectares of the forest without removing farmland or cities to accommodate them, while only about 2.8 billion hectares exist now. This means that there are more than 1.6 billion hectares available for forest restoration.
What’s the next step? Now humans across the world put about 300 gigatonnes of carbon into the air in all of our time on Earth. So, a dedicated reforestation effort could cut down humanity’s carbon footprint by two-thirds.
It is said that Around 33% or one-third of the land should be under the forest cover because forests help in the conservation of the natural environment. that forest cover in our country is depleting at an alarming rate. Not just that, every now and then, urbanisation happens thus affecting our natural resources. If a new building is constructed at the expense of the forest, then the affected tree/s should be replanted somewhere else. Unfortunately, that never happens because humans are greedy.