If you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the dangers of clear-cutting and logging. Both of these practices cause damage to the land and disturb the oxygen cycle. Boulder, Colorado has begun to clear-cut an historic cottonwood on Pearl Street. Local protesters were chained to the tree in protest of the work. Trees have many other benefits, including economic and planning benefits.
Forests act as carbon sinks and absorb harmful gases, including carbon. Trees are an important part of our ecosystem because they store carbon and act as a cleaner, and they are the most abundant resource on Earth. Human activity is destroying forests at alarming rates. Deforestation increases the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere, which aggravates the climate crisis. Trees are essential for both human health and the environment.