In the world, we can see that one of the biggest problems in the world is deforestation. A countless number of plants & animals are losing their habitats & slowly going extinct. This is the effect of greenhouse gas emissions due to deforestation. The United Nations food & agriculture organization refers to that. A forest of 129 hectares that is & area equivalent to South Africa, has been lost because of deforestation, since 1990. Every year, the forest losing that the size of Panama in the world.
Natural destruction can’t be allowed to continue. But what can we do in the face of such environmental carnage As we ponder the impact that actually makes? Will anything that we do, make the slightest bit of difference.
A Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado and his wife Lélia Deluiz Wanick have proved this (with initiative & fashion) by beginning the process of reforestation with just a small group of people.
Salgado has won a number of awards in photojournalism & has published more than half a dozen books. After documenting the ferocity of the Rwandan genocide, Salgado was shocked by seeing the devoid wildlife, when he came back to Brazil.
“The land was as sick as I was – everything was destroyed,” Salgado said in The Guardian back in 2015. “Only about 0.5% of the land was covered in trees. Then my wife had a fabulous idea to replant this forest. And when we began to do that, then all the insects and birds and fish returned and, thanks to this increase of the trees I, too, was reborn – this was the most important moment.”
Along with the support of a small organization “ Institute Terra”, Salgado & his wife had planted approximately 4 million saplings and rehabilitated the forest from the dead.
“Perhaps we have a solution,” Salgado said. “There is a single being which can transform CO2 to oxygen, which is the tree. We need to replant the forest. You need a forest with native trees, and you need to gather the seeds in the same region you plant them, or the serpents and the termites won’t come. And if you plant forests that don’t belong, the animals don’t come there and the forest is silent.”
Salgado explained that “We need to listen to the words of the people on the land. Nature is the earth and it is other beings and if we don’t have some kind of spiritual return to our planet, I fear that we will be compromised.”
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