Did you know that approximately 18 million acres of forest are lost each year to deforestation? Deforestation refers to the destruction of forests in order to free up land for other uses. Deforestation is a factor that contributes to global warming and affects people in many ways. Trees take in carbon and greenhouse gas emissions and produce oxygen so forest loss causes greenhouse gasses to increase around 12 to 17 percent. The clearing of trees is a problem all over the world that has increased over the past 50 years. Deforestation results in the loss of species, greater amounts of carbon emissions being released, altering the water cycle, and causing soil erosion. Will you join me in working to protect our forests?