Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet

World wildlife day, celebrated on 03rd March 2021 acknowledges the importance of all the gifts our ecosystem has to offer. Our forests are life, it is a source of air, water, food, medicine and shelter. If simply one organism is threatened or becomes extinct, it can have a domino effect on our ecosystem.

The ratio of deforestation was estimated at 10 million hectares per year between 2015 and 2020. Without the world’s forested areas there would be extreme drought and whenever it rains, flooding would be disastrous. Farming, mining, drilling and grazing of livestock are responsible for nearly half of all deforestation, however urbanization, wildfires and forestry practices are responsible for the rest. On the other hand, deforestation continues for the short term gain whilst sacrificing long term sustainability.

As the world seeks to decrease the pace of climate change, preserve wildlife and support billions of people, forests certainly hold a major part of the answer. Here are few suggestions that can assist with preserving the environment;

  1. Preservation of the Protected Nariva Swamp
  2. Plant more trees
  3. Avoid hunting outside of the hunting season
  4. Do not hunt protected wildlife species
  5. Avoid starting fires that can spread easily and become wildfires
  7. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  8. Conserve Water
  9. Educate: when you further your own education, you can help others understand the importance and value of our natural resources

“Let us remind ourselves of our duty to preserve and sustainably use the vast variety of life on the planet. Let us push for a more caring, thoughtful and sustainable relationship with nature.”

-António Guterres

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