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Transcript of deforestation

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do to the soil?
What is
The truth about some Companies...
Now it's
We hope you learned that deforestation causes many problems, has devastating consequences, and is still continuing for several reasons.

Now it's your turn to take action! Try to find ways, wherever you can, to save the environment. It doesn't have to be as big as stopping deforestation entirely, but maybe you could grow a garden and eat your own homemade veggies. Also, imagine this, if a tree was planted for every one that was chopped, so many major issues could have been avoided, and we would still have our rainforests.

Thanks for watching! LELK
The Truth about Animals
The Consequences

by Nila, Kareena, & Shashank
Deforestation is the destruction of forests. Deforestation can also be a method in which more farmland or land is created. For some, deforestation is the only way they can survive, by cutting down bits and pieces of the forests and farming on that small piece of land to gain money to buy food for their families. Examples of these people are farmers. Although deforestation helps the poor, it has its downsides, and these can be pretty devastating at times.
Who is at a Loss Because of
What does
do to the vegetation?
Deforestation eliminates most or all of the vegetation in an area. Because of this, nutrients can no longer be replenished, and the ones still left are either used up in farming or washed away by rain. Also, without the lush greenery, rainwater travels easily and quickly to bodies of water, like streams. This leads to unnecessary flooding.
As large amounts of forests are cleared away, allowing exposed earth to whither and die and the habitats of many species to be destroyed, the indigenous tribes who depend on them to sustain their way of life are also damaged. The loss of forests has an immediate and direct effect on their lifestyle that we in the modern world, will never know. The governments of nations with rainforests in their borders also attempt to clear and exile indigenous tribes, and often succeed, before the actual clear-cutting begins. The rubber tappers are also losing their lively hood only because the government is supporting people to buy forest land, so they can make some profit.
Increase of Greenhouse Gases
In addition to the loss of habitat, the lack of trees also allows a greater amount of greenhouse gases to be released into the atmosphere. Right now, the tropical rainforests of South America are responsible for 20% of Earth’s oxygen and they are disappearing at a rate of 4 hectares a decade. If these rates are not stopped and reversed, the consequences will become even more severe.
Another effect of deforestation is soil erosion, and this goes along with coastal flooding. Trees function to retain water and topsoil, which provides the rich nutrients to sustain additional forest life. Without them, the soil erodes and washes away, causing farmers to move on and perpetuate the cycle. The barren land which is left behind in the wake of deforestation is then more susceptible to flooding, specifically in coastal regions. Without the trees, the rainforest would just be a desert with floods.

what affect does
have on animals & us as humans?
Plants and animals live in harmony with each other, the animals completely relying on the plants. Plants are an animals major source of food in one or another. If all of the flora is being cleared away by deforestation, what would happen to the animals? Animals no longer have anything to satisfy their hunger slowly one by one dying off. Herbivores no longer have any food, so they die of starvation. Since there are no herbivores for carnivorous animals to eat, they too die of starvation. The whole ecosystem collapses. Species are lost, no way to recover them once more. The rainforests' of the world contain thousands, millions of species each day being cleared away, bit by bit. There are still more species of plants, animals, fungi, & much still waiting to be discovered. These chances of discovery may be lost through deforestation.
The Positives of D
in a Rainforest
Most people can only see the negative ways of viewing deforestation. There must be a reason why people do it, some good that comes from it. Deforestation gives some people a second chance. Farmers who have been living in oppression finally get a chance to get a better life for themselves and their families with deforestation. Rainforests are usually not very useful, business wise, only maybe good for getting latex from rubber trees here and there in the forest. Clearing forest land gives more land for other businesses such as farming, factories, and so much more. This means the government gets more money helping build a better nation. Deforestation is good for somethings after all.
Quiz Time!
Now to find out whether you have been listening in or not:

1. Before clear-cutting the rainforests, what does the government do to tribal people?

2. Explain how deforestation affects the atmosphere & provide one example.

3. If a country were to deforest their rainforests how would it help that nation?

4. A certain country is struck by poverty (already in deep debt) , its people are in a terrible state, and there is not much nutrient rich soil to farm on or space to build factories on because much land is taken over by rainforests. What should this government do, risk going into deeper debt or destroy some of the rainforest for land?
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