The word deforestation is used to describe the process of cutting down and burning the trees in forest and woodland and converting the land to other use. Cutting down the trees in those areas usually, have a tendency to affect all the living things especially animals surrounding those areas. Forcing all living things to migrate and look for another conducive atmosphere.
The Harmful effects of deforestation have forced thousands of wild animals like this Koala to deal with the loss of their homes.
Deforestation has real consequences for animals. This harmful effect can lead to a direct loss of wildlife habitat as well as general degradation of their habitat. The removal of trees and other types of vegetation reduces available food, shelter, and breeding habitat. Wildlife habitats become fragmented, where native species must live on remaining habitat islands that are surrounded by disturbed land that is being used for agriculture and other uses.
Such a shocking scene was captured in Queensland, Australia showing a very confused Koala, after its home was cut down. The scared, helpless animal was wondering what happened to its home after it had been cleared off. The innocent animal eventually names Ash, was later found by a volunteer at the Wildcare Australia Inc animal rescue group. The animal was found injured and was taken to a veterinary hospital.
The land clearing was said to be perfectly legal and was approved by the Gold Coast City Council, but these effects on the ecosystems are devastating. Almost 680,000 acres of forests were cleared in Queensland in one year, the Dodo reports.
We know that deforestation is a serious problem for the earth. This means it is our responsibility, as a species, to do what we can to prevent the issue from creating a lasting impact on our planet. As individuals, we need to make it a priority within our communities to work towards a sustainable future for ourselves, our children, and the earth.
Nethmi Jayatilleke is a University Undergraduate by day and Freelance Content Writer by night. An avid lover of music, theatre and poetry, Nethze (Her Nickname) considers herself to be a professional procrastinator. She loves adventure, wildlife and is a caffeine dependent. Nethmi enjoys writing articles ranging from serious topics like politics and social issues to more lighthearted things like art, pop culture, and nature. In her spare time, nethmi loves writing food reviews and poetry.