We rely on healthy forests and trees every day. It is in our best interest to appreciate, respect and preserve them. We need to make sure that we are harvesting them sustainably so that they will be around for future generations of humans and wildlife to enjoy and use.
Fortunately, there are things that every one of us can do! Planting trees is an easy way to help. Ask your parents if you can plant some in your yard or ask your teacher if your class can plant some trees in your schoolyard. It is important that everyone knows about forest issues. Tell your parents what you learned. Maybe you could even talk to your class about it. The more people that know, the more changes we can make!
We can also live in a way that creates zero waste at school, home and in our everyday lives. When we do this, we can help prevent deforestation, species loss, pollution and other environmental problems. We just need to remember and practice the "3 Rs:"Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle!
How much are you wasting?
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When we reduce the amount of products we use and buy, fewer trees are cut down to make new products. If we take care of the things that we already have, and repair them when they are broken, we don’t need to buy more.
It’s also good to think about product’s packaging. Many products use too much packaging: more than necessary. Some boxes that products come in are made from wood that comes from at-risk forest areas. You can make a difference by reducing the amount of packaged products that you buy.
When we reduce the amount of energy we consume in our homes by switching off electrical appliances that we aren’t using (such as, lights, TV, radio, computer), or when we walk or bike instead of taking the car, we use less fossil fuels.Using fossil fuels creates air pollution, which can result in acid rain. If we reduce the amount of fossil fuels that we use, we can help save some forests from being damaged by acid rain.
Every time we reuse an item (use it more than once), fewer replacement items are needed. This helps to preserve important natural resources (like forests). It also reduces waste because fewer items are thrown away (or recycled).
We save trees from being cut down every time we borrow, share or donate books, every time we reuse scrap paper, and every time we use refillable lunch containers. Want another way to save trees? Have a stuff swap! If you have any clothes, books or toys that you don’t want, ask your parents if you can trade with your friends. If there’s anything left over, you can donate it to a charity for someone else to use!
When we recycle products like paper, (after we can no longer use and reuse them) we prevent new trees from being cut down. About 1/3 of the wood from trees that are cut down is used to make paper and paper board. That’s about 300 000 hectares of land each year. If we can reduce, reuse and recycle, we can make that amount much smaller! By recycling and buying products with recycled material whenever we can, we’re protecting Canada’s forests.
Feeling creative? Save trees by making your own recycled paper!
Feeling clever? Check out Jungle Jumble to find forest related words from this section and discover the word search’s hidden message!