We used to worship plants and now we kill them. India has a long history of plant worship; because we saw plants as life givers. Plants do just that. They pluck out Carbon Dioxide from the atmosphere and give us nice cool Oxygen to breathe and that keep us alive.
Not only Oxygen, the Earth has more than 80,000 species of edible plants and 70,000 species of plants that for are utilized from medicine forests – cover around the 30% of the world’s land area. They play an important role in the water cycle and they are home to the most of the world’s animals. So more than 1 in 6 people on the planet actually depend on the forest for their livelihood. And this is why they are considered to be life giving. But you know some equally sad numbers when it comes to forests, and plants, and specifically even trees. 80% of the earth’s original forest has been cleared, destroyed for so many reasons like agriculture, farming, and industrialization. Indigenous people, those who live near or in the forest, don’t even have their rights on their homes and they don’t even have a say to protect their homes. Because of the 68% of plants are in danger from going extinct.
Since plants can not exactly move around as the habitat gets destroyed. They are even more vulnerable than endangered animals on the earth.
Plants species are going extinct. Here this number 5000 times faster than actually it should. One and half acre of forest is cut down every single second. Forests are being logged; converted into agriculture plots, mowed down, create pastures…pastures…to create food for the cattle for diary and the meat industry. In fact, when it comes to Brazil, 70% of previously forested areas is not occupied by cattle pastures. What happens when you do this the land starts getting arid with too much grazing. No more crops can grow. It becomes like a desert. It’s called desertification. Pretty much nothing can grow and survive.