Over 20,000 Square Kilometres of Forest Burnt.
Indonesia’s recent forest fires having been devastating; hundreds of thousands of hectares, over 20,000 sq. km of forest, has been catastrophically destroyed. To grasp just how big that area is, it is over 12 times the size of London.
The fires are reported by Greenpeace, to have released and exposed the world to more carbon emissions than the whole United Kingdom outputs annually! This is truly devastating, and fuels global warning hugely.
So how have the Fires Started?
The Indonesian Forest Fires have been started deliberately and illegally to clear the forests to enable huge paper and palm oil production and sale. This method of deforestation is known as ‘slash and burn’ and is the fasted and cheapest method.
The Indonesian forest project leader, Bustar Maita said “As Governments prepare to meet (…) to save the world from catastrophic warming, the earth in Indonesia is already on fire”. Over half of Asia are facing life threatening consequences of these deforestation techniques; engulfed in a haze of air, there have already been approximately 19 deaths. 75,000 people already have upper respiratory infections, and 110,000 premature deaths are predicted as a direct result of the forest fires.
The immediate threat to the Indonesian Wildlife is immense: Mark Harrison, from OuTrop (Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project) reports that “Tropical peat – swamp forests are one of the world’s most important ecosystems. They are home to globally threatened wildlife, including the orangutan, southern Bornean gibbon and clouded leopard”.
So far there have been a reported 120,000 active fires detected, with number finally starting to decrease. You can see the amount of fires in the picture below, showing those in just the last week.
This video is shared by Greenpeace, to show just how catastrophic the fires are to our life sustaining forests.
You can be part of saving our planets forests by always looking for the little green tree with a tick when you purchase anything wood based, from toilet paper to your furniture. Only buy products that are FSC Certified; sourced from a responsibly managed forest.
If you are a company selling paper or wood products, ensure that your suppliers are FSC Certified themselves, and ensure that if you supply paper or wood products, that you are too. You may be a printing company or a packaging company for example. Be part of saving our eco system, our wildlife, our planet.