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The growing issue of deforestation is beginning to gain more and more of a hold on the world.
To combat this issue, the government of Norway banned deforestation in June of last year, becoming the first country in the world to all-out ban the industry. The Norwegian Parliament’s Standing Committee issued an Action Plan which outlawed deforestation in any way, including but not limited to, any and all products that could contribute in any way to deforestation. This was to uphold the UN Climate Summit mandate to protect biodiversity in countries’ forests and enforce the idea of a deforestation-free chain of supply in Norway. Germany and the United Kingdom also took part in this pledge, so it is possible that shortly, either or both of these countries could enact a similar ban on their deforesting industries.
But how did the deforestation of Norway’s forests become such an issue in the country? There are several reasons, but the main driving industry that promoted the deforestation of Norway was Agriculture. Many businesses and individuals working in the agricultural industry would require land that could potentially be procured in the act of deforestation (which in turn lead to a large portion of the Norwegian forests to undergo such endeavors). By banning deforestation, the Norwegian government would in turn, drastically reduce carbon emissions caused by the process, which would lead to significantly cleaner air in the future within the country. Some speculate that this government action could influence other countries also to consider banning or even reducing deforestation due to the climatic benefit it holds on the long term scale of operations.
This anti-deforestation movement is not only being expressed by Norway but by several other countries such as Brazil and Guyana, located in South America. As in Brazil, the deforestation of the Amazon Forest is a massive issue, and the Brazilian government received $1 Billion to enact reforms to combat the growing issue. This worked tremendously, as the Brazilian National Geographic agency reported a rough estimate of 33,000 square miles/53,100 kilometers of the Amazon Forest had been saved. Many activists for the reduction or halt of deforestation are considering more ways to protect more forests in more countries and are making more progress every day. Activists are proving the statistics of anti-deforestation to be substantially more beneficial to not only the population of the country and the diverse species of wildlife whom call many of these forests home, but also the global population as well, as the lack of deforestation improves the quality of air and life while reducing the harmful effects of emissions on the climate.
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