Forests are more than just trees - they play a vital role in the ecosystem as well as being 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.
You can read more about the benefits of trees here, to further understand the effects of deforestation.
Deforestation is done by either fires, clear-cutting for agriculture, ranching, unsustainable timber logging, and degradation due to climate change.
INCREASED GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
Forests help to mitigate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions, but they become carbon sources when they are cut, burned or otherwise removed. Tropical forests hold more than 210 gigatons of carbon, and deforestation represents around 15% of greenhouse gas emissions. These greenhouse gas emissions contribute to rising temperatures, changes in patterns of weather and water and an increased frequency of extreme weather events.
Millions of people around the world depend on forests for hunting, gathering and medicine, forest products such as rubber and rattan, and small-scale agriculture. The growing and maintaining of forests also provides jobs to thousands of people around the world. By promoting tree planting, these jobs can be restored.
About 80% of the world’s documented species can be found in tropical rainforests—some of the forests most vulnerable to deforestation. When species lose their forest homes, they are often unable to subsist in the small fragments of forested land left behind. They become more accessible to hunters and poachers, their numbers begin to dwindle and some eventually go extinct. 28,000 species are expected to become extinct by the next 25 years due to the rate of deforestation.
While completely eliminating deforestation is not an option, there are ways for improvement. The most feasible solution is to eliminate complete clear-cutting of areas, as this causes extreme temperature swings having a negative effect on climate and wildlife, and make sure that the forest environments remain intact.
When cutting does occur, this should be balanced out planting new, young trees replacing the older ones felled.
The number of new tree plantations is growing each year, but their total still equals a tiny fraction of the Earth’s forested land. After realising the impact of forests and deforestation, Jun-i is committed to plant a tree for each item sold from our new collection. We believe that together we will be able to make a change.