) Stop Deforestation but rather encourage Forestation—Every
year, 38 million acres of forests are cut down in Nigeria. Timber harvesting in
the tropics alone contributes 1.5 billion metric tons of carbon to the
atmosphere. That represents 20 percent of human-made greenhouse gas emissions
and a source that could be avoided relatively easily.
Improved agricultural practices along with paper recycling and forest
management—balancing the amount of wood taken out with the amount of new trees
growing—could quickly eliminate this significant chunk of emissions.
And when purchasing wood products, such as furniture or flooring, buy used
goods or, failing that, wood certified to have been sustainably harvested. The
Amazon and other forests are not just the lungs of the earth; they may also be
humanity's best short-term hope for limiting climate change. So try to employ
alternatives when possible—plant-derived plastics, biodiesel, wind power—and to
invest in the change, be it by divesting from oil stocks or investing in
companies practicing carbon capture and storage.