In 1950, the Philippines had some 20 million hectares of virgin forests. Today only 600,000 hectares remain. With the current deforestation rate of 2,500 hectares a year, there will be no virgin forests 25 to 30 years from now. The second generation forests would be struggling to keep ecology in balance. With a rising temperature of .02 degrees C yearly, the remaining forests will be hard pressed to cope with global warming.
Here’s what you can do. Double your efforts in planting broad-leafed trees. More people should plant every day. We do not hav e the luxury of time.
All life is figured by them as a Tree. Igdrasil, the Ash-tree of existence,
has its roots deep-down in the kingdoms of Death: its trunk reaches up
heaven-high, spreads its boughs over the whole Universe: it is the Tree
of Existence. At the foot of it, in the Death-Kingdom, sit the three
Fates – the Past, Present and Future; watering its roots from the Sacred
Well. It’s “bough,” with their buddings and disleafings, – events,
things suffered, things done, catastrophes, – stretch through all lands
and times. Is not every leaf of it a biography, every fiber there an act
or word? Its boughs are the Histories of Nations. The rustle of it is
the noise of Human Existence, onwards from of old. …. I find no
similitude so true as this of a Tree.
Beautiful; altogether beautiful and great.
– Thomas Carlyle