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Canopy Ecology: Its Vital Importance

May 25, 2008
Did you know that out of the 30 million types of organisms most of them stay in the forest's topmost portion? This portion is called the forest canopy. The canopy performs a variety of vital functions one of which is to absorb carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. Other functions include the supply of food and oxygen to plants and living beings, as well as providing them a home. Thus the forest canopy is critical to the well-being of our environment and our lives as well. Hence its preservation cannot be undermined.

Startling statistics
It is estimated that every minute over 100 acres of tropical forests get deforested! As if that wasn't shocking enough, an entire population vanished on the island of Rapa Nui when acute deforestation happened. Just like Cretaceous life went extinct over 65 million years ago the same story might just repeat itself. If deforestation continues at the current rate, we humans would have irreparably damaged the earth and our environment. Then there will be no hope for restoration.

Canopy preservation
Considering that the forest canopy is a vital place to keep the ecosystem balanced, provide aesthetic natural beauty and supply food, nourishment and shelter to innumerable life forms, it is high time we started conserving this elixir of life! More than 100 species become extinct every single day! It is also estimated that more than half the forests of the world are now deforested. It is time we started a collective effort to salvage whatever remains of our earth before it gets too late.

Educating laypersons
While scientists and environmentalists know a lot about the forest canopy the laypersons do not have sufficient knowledge on the subject. Hence adequate education is critical in order to spread awareness about methods to preserve the forest canopy. One good way to start is by creating a sense of fascination at the elaborate ecosystem on the forest canopy. Once non-scientists begin to see how life is interconnected especially on the canopy they will admire nature more and strive to protect the canopy. It is all about instilling a sense of empathy and connecting with nature. Once that happens there will be a stronger will to protect and preserve the canopy and prevent deforestation.

More trees
Planting more trees is critical because only then can we restore the damage done to the forests to a certain extent. If each person plants a single tree in his or her lifetime it would create a huge difference in the environment. Young children need to be encouraged about the beauty and importance of nature. Educational programs can be initiated along with practical classes where children plant more trees as part of the curriculum. This is an innovative method to start protecting the environment. It will also ensure that the children of tomorrow will have more respect and tolerance towards nature and living beings. More laypersons need to be encouraged to view life and forests from the tops of trees. This will provide a much better perspective of things.
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