March 21, 2015
March 14, 2015
This global celebration of forests provides a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and of trees outside forests. Forests contribute to the balance of oxygen, carbon dioxide and humidity in the air. They protect watersheds, which supply 75% of freshwater worldwide.
Yet despite all of these priceless ecological, economic, social and health benefits, global deforestation continues at an alarming rate – 13 million hectares of forest are destroyed annually. Deforestation accounts for 12 to 20 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.
Rain in a summer season. Is it signal of changing monsoon system in India? The sudden change in weather conditions in India impact on Indian economy and health of Indians. The earth is saying something with record heat, drought, storms and fire. Scientists are telling us this is what global warming looks like.
It’s time to listen – and take action. There’s plenty we can do.
Global Warming is the increase of Earth’s average surface temperature due to effect of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels or from deforestation, which trap heat that would otherwise escape from Earth. This is a type of greenhouse effect. Carbon pollution is the main reason our planet is getting hotter, increasing the chances of weather disasters, drought and flood and hurting our health.
There are solutions. For starters, we can cut carbon pollution by reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and increasing our use of clean, renewable energy. And we can implement policies that help us prepare for flooding, drought, storms and other consequences of climate change.
But first, we need national leadership that will stop ignoring what the earth and scientists are telling us about climate change — and instead start ignoring those who continue to deny it is happening.