Harry's fast facts for World Forestry Day
If trees keep being cut down at the current rate, the world's rainforests will vanish within 100 years. This will affect our global climate and destroy the majority of plant and animal species on the planet, says Harry the Hominid, Maropeng's spokeshominid.
"On World Forestry Day, 21 March, we celebrate the important role trees play in combating global warming. Even though they help keep a balance in nature between oxygen and carbon dioxide, they are being cut down at an alarming rate, which is called deforestation," Harry says.
Harry points out that Maropeng, the official visitor centre for the Cradle of Humankind, is doing its bit to preserve the Earth – from careful recycling and consistently making sure the area is waste-free, to water conservation.
"They also work hard to protect the plants in the area and use conference notepads and pencils made from recycled paper."
Harry offers the following tips on what we can do to stop deforestation, or at least slow it down:
- Always use both sides of paper when writing, drawing, photocopying, etc.
- Recycle paper
- Read the newspaper online
- Buy paper products made from recycled paper: notebook paper, paper towels, toilet paper, books, etc.
- Use pencils until they are stubs. Think of pencils as gold (you'll never lose them if you do)
- Buy furniture and wood that is certified. That means the wood was legally cut down
- If you buy a product and you notice wood chips in the packaging, write to the company and suggest it uses another packaging material
- Trees get cut down for cattle to graze. Instead of eating meat, think of eating other sources of protein such as fish, soy, beans, whole wheat, and nuts