Forests cover 30% of the Earth’s surface. From the tropics to the mountains they are found everywhere. However, that number is rapidly shrinking due to deforestation, which is one of the biggest problems the world is facing right now. But why is this happening?
Causes of Deforestation:
Among several reasons, the rapidly rising world population has left us with a shortage of resources. Many forests have also been cleared out for an exploration of minerals and fossil fuels, which are used in almost every production process. Very often, forests are also burned or cut to meet the growing demand for food. As of August 2019, there have been more than 80,000 human-lit fires in the Amazon; mainly to clear the way for agriculture and cattle grazing.
Another consequence of the rising population is the rising demand for housing space. With the expansion of cities and urbanization of rural areas, there is a need for more land for housing and settlements. This extra demand is met by clearing out forested land.
Consequences of Deforestation:
However, what we do not realise is that sweeping out forested areas (deforestation) has dire consequences. To begin with, forests are home to 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity. They host a wide variety of animals, trees/plants and microbes. By clearing out forests, we are robbing these species of their natural habitat and as a result, they might not be able to survive; in fact, this is the primary reason why many animal species have become extinct or endangered.
And that’s not it. Out of the total global absorption of carbon dioxide – that is estimated to be 2.5 billion metric tonnes – forests absorb 1.4 billion, which is almost half of the total absorption (source: NASA). So, by deforestation, we are letting this dangerous gas stay in our atmosphere – ultimately leading to air pollution and global warming.
Changing The Way We Live…
So how do we tackle this issue? For starters, we can plant more trees, but that will barely make a difference on an individual basis. To have a greater impact, we need to bring a change in the way we live. This includes shifting to container homes and offices, and portable cabins from permanent wood and brick buildings. These homes are the ultimate solution to the environmental issue of deforestation and global warming. No matter which sector you belong to; education, healthcare, development or simply an individual looking to save the environment, you can effortlessly shift to this type of infrastructure.
To do this, you will probably need the help of professionals who have been at it for a long time. There are many organizations that are committed to bringing a change and are providing portable homes and office-building services. One of these organizations is Saman Portable, a leading supplier of prefabricated structures in India and overseas. The company aims to reduce air pollution and save the world from global warming by providing environmental-friendly and portable building structures. Their product line consists of container homes, container offices, portable cabins and many other similar products. These structures give the same feel as wood and brick buildings; the only difference is that their carbon footprint is much less than the latter.
Like Saman Pos, there are many other startups that are working for this noble cause; but they need our support. Join hands with them today if you care about the environment and are looking for budget-friendly housing and office space options!