Nowhere to go, nowhere to live… habitat loss due to deforestation is the greatest threat facing orangutans today. It is sad that orangutans have to be displaced from their natural habitat because of human disturbance. This urgent environmental issue intensifies global warming and it is threatening species, not only is it harming the survival of orangutans but it is affecting us globally. Forests were not made to be demolished and we need to conserve them for future generations because before we know it, it will be too late to save our planet.
It is devastating to see that we are losing forests, yet they have the potential to provide many benefits. It is not just the trees that go when we take away the forest. The entire ecosystem begins to fall apart, and the consequences for us are catastrophic for our future.
…these consequences are irreversible losses of biodiversity. We can only prevent further impact that deforestation can cause.
As we continue to deforest land, many animal species will be driven into extinction and orangutans are currently among the most endangered of them all.
An estimated 13 million hectares of forests were lost each year between 2000 and 2010
Many orangutans are left orphaned, unsafe, not secured and displaced from their natural habitat. If we are aware of the consequences that deforestation causes, why do we continue to increase the amount of land being reduced? We are destroying what our planet has offered us and the expansion of the palm oil industry is to be blamed. Human beings are heavily dependent on forests and the products that they have to provide, unaware of the unfortunate circumstances it causes to our orangutans.
of orangutans are left in the wild. It estimated that there is a loss between 3,000 and 5,000 every year. Every year…
One life of a orangutang that is lost is enough, however to fathom about a 5,000 loss… I am absolutely speechless. This has to be stopped. We can no longer jeopardise the lives of orangutans and destroy the forests in which they inhabit. Greenpeace – an independent global campaigning organisation – is campaigning for zero deforestation by 2020. To achieve this goal, they attempt to change the practices of destructive industries, demand products that aren’t linked to forest destruction, and to work alongside communities to take action against forest destruction. Our forests are irreplaceable and they need to be protected.
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World Wildlife Fund 2016, Deforestation, World Wildlife Fund, retrieved 26 April 2016, <http://www.worldwildlife.org/threats/deforestation>
Greenpeace 2015, Protecting forests, Greenpeace, retrieved 8 May 2016, <http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/forests/>