Our Earth is a powerful yet delicate force. The majority of deforestation takes place within rainforests. And deforestation is affecting our climate change – for the worse. Climate change is not a theory. There is scientific evidence as to how climate change is occurring. I’m here to inform you how deforestation, alone, is creating such a detrimental effect on our climate.

Deforestation On Climate Change

All of the effects of deforestation are creating a downward spiral towards our climate change. As more trees are being chopped down for consumer products, the less carbon dioxide will be absorbed from our atmosphere. Nearly 1/5 of the carbon dioxide manifesting within our environment is due only to deforestation alone. With so much deforestation occurring within our rainforests, this is the second-leading cause of carbon dioxide released in our ecosystem, right behind fossil fuels. Deforestation is additionally responsible for 20% of our current global warming crisis and makes up for 15% of greenhouse emissions. 

Soil erosion is, unfortunately, another consequence of deforestation. Soil plays a vital role in climate change. Carbon dioxide can pocket themselves within the ground and absorbed by trees and other plants on the ground. Eroding the soil destroys the top layer, releasing more CO2 into the atmosphere. Also, the capacity of CO2 being able to be contained within soil decreases. 

Along with forests absorbing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, forests have an essential role in cooling our climate, with its organic compounds that are released in the air. Due to the destruction of our forests, our climate has increased in temperature over the years. The results have glaciers melting, and the melted water increases ocean height levels, in addition to the temperature of the seas. 

Forests also release moisture, as even a single tree can transpire hundreds of water into the environment daily. This lack of moisture is a leading global cause of drought. Why is this bad for our climate? Due to the decreased lifespan of winter, longer summers, and hotter temperatures, wildfires are more prone to start. And with drought becoming a significant issue, it dries out the soil, easier for wildfires to build a foundation from environmental elements. 

Hemp Is The Answer To Recovering Our Climate

Industrial hemp can become a primary resource for the sustainability of our Earth’s current present and future. It can be used in a variety of ways to replace existing methods responsible for climate change. Also, to note, the hemp plant should not be confused with its brother, the marijuana plant. The marijuana plant is known to have a high percentage of THC, the psychoactive effects, causing global controversy. Hemp has been used industrially for a widespread of centuries. Numerous ropes, clothing, carpeting, varnishes, printing ink, acrylics, cosmetics, etc., have been formed with industrial hemp. So you’ve most likely have used hemp at certain periods in your life without you realizing it. Educating society on the benefits and non-danger threat hemp has can help reduce the stigma, and our ecosystem can take a big step into recovery. 

Hemp Backtracking Our Carbon Footprint

One of the biggest advantages of hemp is that it aids in absorbing a sufficient amount of carbon dioxide. As stated earlier in the article, you can understand why high concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is terrible. With planting hemp, not only will the air be more pure for us to breathe in, we will have more oxygen exposure. And the decreased concentrations of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere will help backtrack climate change. Weather conditions would be more regulated, along with the decrease of droughts and the recovery of ice-cold countries and continents, as the atmosphere cools in temperature. 

Hemp vs. Pesticides

There is a benefit of growing hemp to decrease pesticide usage. Pesticides are used to stray pests away from growing crops. This chemical does way more harm than good. The majority of pesticides don’t touch the crops – they move around in the air, known as pesticide drift. This can form tropospheric ozone, a fancy word meaning greenhouse gas.

Growing hemp near crops could easily replace pesticides, do a better job without negative consequences. Hemp naturally repels pest and is honestly best to ditch pesticides, for our health. Exposure to pesticides is known to cause health problems such as nausea, lightheadedness, irritation of the skin, nose, or throat…the list goes on. In worse cases, it has been linked to being a cause of damage to the organs and reproductive system, birth defects, stillbirth, cancer, and tumors

Hemp vs. Paper

Deforestation for paper alone destroys 10.2 billion cubic feet of trees, every single year. This contributes to 220 million pounds of gas being expelled in the air. At this rate, imagine if this statistic continues for another decade. That’s 2.2 billion pounds of unnecessary toxins saturating the air we breathe. That even excludes additional trees being chopped down for other purposes. 

This is how beneficial hemp could be to the environment. Hemp paper lasts longer, still going strong for hundreds of years, without the yellowing you would get from wood-based paper. At a minimum, hemp can plant well over 4x the amount of paper than wood-based paper can. Wood-based paper also requires a significant percentage of toxic chemicals to remove excess cellulose it can’t handle, while hemp is at a MUCH lower rate. And, for the obvious, planting hemp can help with the current crisis of deforestation. 

Ditching Fossil Fuels

Fossil fuels are a leading cause of climate change. Not only is carbon dioxide released in the air, but also other harmful gases – nitrous oxide, sulfur dioxide, and methane. Fossil fuels may be common now, but in 100 to 200 years, they will become scarce due to them being a non-renewable source. It’s vital that we use an alternative, renewable resource to replace fossil fuel. Currently, 90% of the energy our world uses comes from fossil fuels.  

Hemp is a renewable energy source that farmers can grow by the masses as a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. The carbon dioxide from burned hemp can be reabsorbed in the growing hemp, instead of settling in the air. If the stigma of the hemp plant could decrease to the point of it being legalized globally, hemp biofuel would be more cost-effective in the long run. 

Taking the Steps To A Sustainable Earth

Our ecosystem is in a fragile state. We are not waiting for climate change to affect us – it already is. Cutting down more trees is cutting down our current lifespan, along with the future generations to come. We should focus on preserving our natural resources instead of abusing them.

Hemp is the future if we want to save our Earth. Change won’t happen unless thoughts become actions. The hope we have for Earth can become something tangible. The Earth does so much for our livelihoods. Why ruin their purpose…our purpose?

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