Diminishing Forests Lay Bare Earth’s New Poverty

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 18:29 PM
September 30, 2011

 I want to thank Maleekie for that excellent article on the astounding life and sorrowful death of Dr. Wangari Maathai.  Your blog allows me take this time to explore what others around the world are doing to restore forests, and to explain why such restoration is imperative for earth’s survival.

 Earlier this summer, Science Express reported that forests around the world store some 2.4 gigatons of carbon each year.  This accounts for virtually all of land-based carbon absorption around the world.  A. David McGuire at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Institute of Arctic Biology explains:  “Our results imply that clearly, forests play a critical role in Earth’s terrestrial carbon balance, and exert considerable control over the evolution of atmospheric carbon dioxide.”

 But Global Warming, increasing forest fires, insect damage, scant restoration projects, illegal logging, and deceptive associations with environmentalists threaten forests.  The Associated Press’ Denis D. Gray writes:  “Participants in a global, landmark effort to save the world’s shrinking forests are instead trading in illegally sourced timber and razing jungles . . .”

 Gray further discusses allegations by Global Witness that the World Wildlife Federation has been duped by some logging companies that claimed to join in the fight to save forests, while in fact they are rapidly clearing forests in some parts of the world.  Such rapid and extensive clearing not only eliminates vital forest areas, it is detrimental to animals living in them.

 As greenleft.org.au explains, the earth was once one-half forest.  Today it is less than one-third.  To increase forest re-plantings, Goran Persson, former Swedish Prime Minister, announced this month that he will head a new global effort.  Environmental News Service reports that Persson will head the Global Restoration Council “that will help galvanize action for forest and landscape restoration and build support to achieve the 150 million hectare restoration target.”

 Numerous Bible Prophecies make clear that momentous reduction of forest life portents of judgment.  For instance, the prophet Isaiah laments: “Therefore shall the Lord, the Lord of hosts, send among his fat ones leanness; and under his glory he shall kindle a burning like the burning of a fire.  And the light of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame: and it shall burn and devour his thorns and his briers in one day;  And shall consume the glory of his forest, and of his fruitful field, both soul and body: and they shall be as when a standard-bearer fainteth.  And the rest of the trees of his forest shall be few, that a child may write them (10: 16 – 19).
 
 Just as healthy forests protect the world from Global Warming’s destruction, they also indicate the true wealth of nations.  In this case, diminishing forests may well illustrate the increasing poverty that errant man has brought to God’s Earth!

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