Deforestation in India had for years been a major issue. In 2009 the country ranked 10th in a list of countries with the most amount of forest lost.
Deforestation makes it possible for communities to be built, for office buildings, houses and factories. Deforestation also allows for forest land to be converted to productive land for agricultural purposes; meaning more food and less starvation (which is always good).
On the other hand, a lot of the land secured through deforestation is not suitable for long term agricultural practices like ranching.
Furthermore, once the trees that once sheltered the soil are removed, the soil is left susceptible to damage from increased exposure to heat and rain. When this happens, the forest takes longer to regenerate and is thus unusable for a substantial period of time.
Not to mention the fact that deforestation is incredibly harmful to animals and plants inhabiting the area, many species can go extinct well before scientists have the chance to discover them.
But India is making a conscious effort to prevent any further damage. Last year, in 2016, almost 50 million trees were planted in just 24 hours in Uttar Pradesh. This year, the mass-planting event was stepped up a gear with over 1.5 million people uniting to collectively plant a record breaking 66,750,000 tree saplings in only 12 hours.
The enormous effort was acknowledged by the state chief minister, Shivrav Singh Chouhan:
“I am greatly indebted to all who are planting trees today. We will be contributing significantly in saving nature. By participating in a plantation, people are contributing their bit to climate change initiatives and saving the environment.The world talks of global warming & climate change, but Madhya Pradesh has taken a concrete step to deal with it.”
This is a wonderful example of a country where the government and the people have united successfully to improve their situation. Teamwork is important in anything we do, remember that as you go about your day today!
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