By now, we must have already understood the down sides of deforestation. It hastens global warming and it also makes the world prone to flooding. Sadly, there are still a lot of governments around the world that allow logging companies to continue their operation even if they know it could be devastating to the environment.

2017 is another year when all of these things can change. Will it finally be the year when we will all wake up to the negative effects of deforestation and do something to change the status quo?

The truth is that it is both a yes and a no.

On the one hand, we have to be hopeful as the Paris Climate Accord has already been signed by hundreds of countries, even a superpower like China. They have contributed in a massive way to the increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. With this climate accord, countries will find ways to reduce their carbon emission. It means that aside from reducing coal mining and opening more factories, they will also help conserve the forest. They know that deforestation can lead to the increase of carbon dioxide by up to 12%. With this agreement, several countries will work to reduce emission.

On the other hand, we have also seen the rise of populist leaders like Donald Trump of the United States. As early as now, he has already said that he would pull the plug out of the Paris deal. It means that the United States will not cooperate in the international efforts to reduce carbon. This means that its allies could also follow. It will also discourage other countries from joining. Why would they suffer if US, being one of the biggest carbon emitters in the world, won’t even cooperate?

It could be a very challenging year for reforestation efforts. There are a lot of government leaders who are yet to do something to put an end to this problem. As of now, we can only hope that the Paris climate agreement could be a tool to finally effect change.

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