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Can’t see the forest or the trees

  • Published at 01:59 pm June 23rd, 2018
  • Last updated at 02:00 pm June 23rd, 2018

How many more people will be displaced before we realize that we must take care of the environment?

Bangladesh has been losing its forest land at an alarming rate.

Deforestation is a global problem, and according to experts, the continuous loss of forest land is nothing short of a worldwide tragedy, one that will inevitably lead to a greater loss of climate stability.

That is true: Climate change does not discriminate. But some countries remain more vulnerable to its effects than others, and Bangladesh, unfortunately, has faced some of the most adverse conditions as a result. 

This has led to thousands of people losing their homes and resulted in the loss of hundreds of innocent lives year after year, with 2018 being no exception.  

This was the result of widespread flooding and landslides brought about by massive deforestation. 

Refugees remain the most vulnerable to its effects, as 80% of them rely on firewood for cooking and heating, leading to the felling of more trees, making areas vulnerable to landslides and mudslides.  

As Bangladesh plays host to more than a million Rohingya, and the death toll rises, it has never been more important for the authorities to act against deforestation at such a scale. 

While deforestation may be necessary to create space for people to inhabit and for timber, this practice cannot continue without taking necessary precautions. 

Forestation through planting of more trees would be extremely effective in the long run, and combined with a focus on shifting to sustainable sources of energy, fighting these adverse effects remains a possibility.

But we must act now. 

How many more people will be displaced, how many more will die, before we realize that we must take care of the environment as much as it takes care of us?