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FORESTS If a tree falls in a forest and there's no one there to hear it, does it make a sound? If thousands of trees fall and no one is listening, when will we notice they are gone? When they are gone, who will remember them? Forests are one of the most important ecosystems on earth. Not only do they provide us with the oxygen that we need to breathe, but they also act as a carbon sink, absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Deforestation is the second leading cause of the climate crisis and produces around 24% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, we invite policy makers to acknowledge the importance of our 1 forests, bush lands, and wetlands; of our jungles, woodlands, and grasslands. In 2018, The Guardian reported that every second, a chunk of forest equivalent to the size of a soccer field is lost. This negatively affects the Earth in many ways. First, 2 deforestation affects how water vapor is produced over the canopy, which in turn causes a reduction in the amount of rainfall the area gets, and increases greenhouse gasses. Second, the removal of trees causes desertification and soil erosion, which in turn, leads to an i n a b i l i t y t o g r o w c r o p s . Additionally, loss of trees in an area destroys river habitats, which has a huge impact on local biodiversity. It is essential to stop this destructive dynamic. https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/global-greenhouse-gas-emissions-data 1 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2018/jun/27/one-football-pitch-of-forest-lost-every-second-in-2017- 2 data-reveals Page 4 "Plant trees to save earth"Ishrat Jahan, 12 - Abdullahpur, Bangladesh

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