Why is Cutting Down Trees bad for the environment?
Trees are the longest and largest living organisms on earth. It is significant in maintaining the whole ecological system balanced. Trees help in providing the oxygen that people and animals use to breathe in as it plays a vital role in the carbon dioxide-oxygen exchange in the environment.
Trees served as a home to a number of diverse species of insects and animals alike. Its fruits are a good source of food while its roots and leaves are widely used in the study of medicine. The shade of the trees is refreshing and it protects people from the harmful rays of the sun. But most of all, the wood of the trees are valuable in building houses, paper, furniture, musical instruments, transportation and even creating fire.
These are just few of the many reasons why trees are important in the survival of animals and humans. However, these are also the very same grounds why trees are being exploited, particularly by humans, which is primarily bad for the environment.
Cutting down trees minimizes the level of oxygen that circulates in the air while it increases the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Because of this, global warming is said to intensify.
Deforestation also affects the changes in weather which can result to extreme draught or famine in some lands, as well as intense flooding and soil erosion in other lands.
Above all these, cutting down of trees is a way of destroying the source of food and homes of indigenous people that are living in the forest, as well as endangering the lives of many other living organisms (and micro-organisms) that highly depends on trees which drives them to their extinction.
In general, trees benefit the environment more than people can imagine. Trees are living creatures too that needs care and protection. Trees are not just beautiful to look at; their existence on Earth is significant as well.