Deforestation – Revolution World Issue

An in-depth look at the effects of deforestation contributing to ocean acidification and exacerbating climate change, narrated by Rob Stewart, Director of the film Revolution.

Today, seventy-five percent of the world’s forests are gone due to deforestation. Plants provide oxygen, shelter, food and medicine, and impact the health and stability other ecosystems, water resources, wildlife and people. For 550 million years, plants have acted as nature’s carbon sink, absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and converting it to oxygen. Deforestation is the second biggest cause of carbon pollution, increasing greenhouse gas levels and leading to increased seawater acidity (ocean pH) as the oceans absorb atmospheric carbon. Deforestation contributes to global warming and climate change. Some of the most vulnerable to deforestation are tropical rainforests, which are home to more than half of the world’s species and produce one third of the oxygen in the air that we breathe. Already, scientists estimate as many as 100 to 1000 species are wiped off the face of the earth each day; and scientists expect two thirds of the world’s species could be gone by the end of the century. In order to save the forests we depend on for survival, we must find deforestation solutions and implement ecological design modeled from natural ecosystems, working with nature rather than against it. The causes of deforestation are timber harvesting, agriculture, shifting population, cattle ranching and firewood collection.

This is a quick answer to “what is deforestation?”. Also, this video shows how the U.S. compares to the rest of the world in paper use. Out of the many global issues that exist today, deforestation is one issue we may be able to resolve through a few simple acts mentioned in the video. Created for a class at Brigham Young University.

Please comment, like, or share this video if you support the cause. Or even if you don’t support it, we need to get the conversation going.

Thanks to Broke For Free for the background track “Note Drop”
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27 thoughts on “Deforestation – Revolution World Issue”

  1. The world needs to realise importance of forests and preserving nature…Human is so bent on destructing the forests and global warming…floods…

  2. I was hoping if I can download this video and edit it Audio to my Regional Language….
    Afterwards It can be useful to those Illiterate people living in my state, they dont know the english language.
    I ask your permission if I can download this video…..

  3. Revolution demanded action and provided a first step with united conservationist. It was enough to engulf people in dissatisfaction for how things are going, but how does one not become hopelessly discouraged by the sheer scale of things?

  4. Hey there James! I'm a student currently working on a website for a school project. Your video would be a great addition to my website because of detailed and informative it is!
    I was simply wondering if I have your permission to directly embed the video in my website? (The website is for school purposes, and it may be published eventually)

  5. Watching long videos didn't help me understand what "deforestation"is. However, your short presentation was pretty helpful
    Thanks 🙂


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