The World Wildlife Fund For Nature Essay

1011 Words Jan 29th, 2016 5 Pages
Commercial Genocide The Earth and the gifts it gives are being exploited to earn money. This is because of worldwide deforestation. Countries destroy their trees to earn an easy profit at the cost of the Earth’s forests. Deforestation is used to create plantations, clear land for real estate development, and to harvest paper or wood. According to Kerry Cesareo and Linda K. Walker of the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), “46-58 thousand square miles of forest are lost each year.” Fortunately, there have been many advancements in deforestation research and some nations have pushed for action to prevent further destruction of the Earth’s forests. However, much of the damage that has been done to the planet as a result of deforestation cannot be undone. Since the year 1600, over 90 percent of the United States’ natural forests have been depleted (Bradford). Although deforestation is used to create some important products, it does much more harm than good. Deforestation causes soil erosion, species extinction, and climate change. Formerly lush forests have been cut down and are now arid wastelands incapable of providing the important natural resources they once could. Cesareo and Walker estimate that, “a third of the world’s arable land has been lost to deforestation since 1960.” This is due to accelerated soil erosion, the human caused removal of soil from a location, as a result of the elimination of forests. The roots of trees hold soil in place; without them, soil…

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