Holiday Trees & The Environment

As we approach the winter holidays, many traditions such as tree picking commence. These holiday months have a big negative impact on the environment and many people don’t realize it. Every year, people take advantage of holiday sales such as black Friday and therefore increase our carbon footprint by 6% more than the rest of the year. 

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The Protectors of Forests

Forests are a life source for humanity. They provide us with various things that keep us alive, including air, water, food, shelter, and medicine (Nerger, 2022). Despite the importance of forests to humans, trees are going extinct at an accelerated rate because of us. Human-caused climate change is the second most prevalent threat to the extinction of trees (“Up to 135 U.S. tree species face extinction,” n.d.). Deforestation and degradation are also large contributors to tree extinction and a decrease in forest functionality. Deforestation is clearing forested lands on purpose, whereas degradation is when a forest no longer functions well. Deforestation is usually caused by unsustainable and illegal agriculture. Degradation is caused by climate change and illegal logging. Although humans cause the many problems forests are facing, humans can also be the solution to these problems. Indigenous people set the example of how forests should be treated by humans. Forests on Indigenous lands are much healthier than other forests because of how indigenous people care for their lands.

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