Deforestation is one of the big issues nowadays, and finding solutions for it must be a top priority. Agriculture is one of the main causes, whether people like to acknowledge it or not.
World leaders now plan to put an end to deforestation, and it should happen so until 2030. The BBC brings the news of the new goal. There are over 100 world leaders willing to put an end to deforestation. The plan is part of the first major deal of the COP26 climate summit.
Funds of roughly £14bn ($19.2bn)
The pledge includes the amazing amount of £14bn ($19.2bn). There are both public and private funds involved.
Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the UK, declared as quoted by the BBC:
“We have to stop the devastating loss of our forests,” – and “end the role of humanity as nature’s conqueror, and instead become nature’s custodian”.
There are plenty of countries that signed the pledge, and the list includes Russia, China, Canada, the USA, the UK, and more.
A number of 28 governments agreed to get rid of deforestation from worldwide trade of food, as well as other agricultural products.
EarthObservatory.NASA.gov also has some important things to say about deforestation:
Direct causes of deforestation are agricultural expansion, wood extraction (e.g., logging or wood harvest for domestic fuel or charcoal), and infrastructure expansion such as road building and urbanization.
Why is deforestation a serious issue? It’s simple! According to experts, the loss of trees, as well as other vegetation, will lead to climate change, soil erosion, desertification, flowing, more greenhouse gases, as well as fewer crops.
Taking good care of our planet and becoming better at doing it should be a top priority for each of us!