What happens if you have got problems with your lungs?
Do not forbid it yet, it is just an assumption.
Your whole body is destabilized, right? You, without hesitation, go in search of the best medical attention you can afford because your lungs are very important to your general wellbeing. Even though the lungs make a fraction of the whole body. Its importance can never be overemphasized.
Why then are you nonchalant about the lungs of your planet?
Oh! Do you feel it’s none of your business what the planet is going through? It doesn’t seem to affect you in any way.
Are you sure it doesn’t affect you?
We do not think so.
Anything that affects the planet affects you either directly or indirectly. The planet gives sustains your life through support systems such as the air you breathe, the food you eat, the water you drink, etc.
Just as the lungs are a little fraction of your body, rainforest makes less than 3% of the planet but is very vital to the general wellbeing of the planet. The rainforest is popularly described as the lungs of the planet because it in a way plays the same role as your lungs. It helps release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide emissions.
Carbon dioxide, as you may already know, is part of the greenhouse gases which are dangerous to our planet. However, the amount of carbon dioxide rainforest absorbs or produces varies hugely with year-to-year variations in the climate. The inability of the rainforest to absorb adequate carbon dioxide enhances global warming and it is obvious we are already experiencing that, considering the hot weather towards the end of last year and early this year in Lagos, Nigeria.
The Rainforest is also responsible for the smooth flow of the water cycle. It does this by adding water to the atmosphere through the process of transpiration (a process in which plants release water from their leaves during photosynthesis). This helps in the formation of rain clouds, which subsequently releases water back into the forest. Hence, a cycle. However, when forest trees are cut down, less moisture goes into the atmosphere, therefore, a decline in rainfall.
In summary, Rainforest plays 3 crucial roles which include:
- Releasing oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide
- Regulating temperature
- Aiding the smooth flow of the water cycle.
Other important roles played by the rainforest include:
- Home for more than half of the planet’s terrestrial
- Most of its plants are used for life-saving medicines
- 1 out of 4 humans depends on it for their livelihood.
Unfortunately, much attention has not been given to the rainforest until recently. However, a lot of damages have been done to it through various human activities which include urbanization, deforestation, uncontrolled burning, etc. The rainforest that is supposed to carbon dioxide is now emitting it, and this is a big threat to our planet and subsequently our existence.
The ‘lungs’ of our planet are in urgent need of our care. What will be your contribution?
Follow us @OptiGreenNG on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and join the conversation using the hashtag: #WorldRainForestDay, as we raise awareness and brainstorm strategic solutions as to how to save our planet’s ‘lungs.’