Skateboarding is a clean activity for youth and adults, how could one simple board destroy Earth? Most fail to take into account skateboards are comprised of wood, they just hop on and skate. Most fall short in realizing the global impact their hobby/sport has, nor the solutions each participant and their parents can do to encourage more environmentally conscious skating.
HOW DOES SKATEBOARDING DESTROY OUR PLANET?
Skateboarding has replaced furniture manufacturing as the leading contributor to maple deforestation.
Over 100,000 decks are produced per month in the United States alone.
It takes 40 to 60 years for the Canadian maple tree to mature before it can be cut down and made into skate decks.
Hundreds of thousands of old and broken skateboards wind up cluttering landfills.
HOW SERIOUS IS DEFORESTATION?
- Forests cover 30% of the earth’s land.
- It is estimated that within 100 years there will be no rainforests.
- One and a half acres of forest is cut down every second.
- Loss of forests contributes between 12 percent and 17 percent of annual global greenhouse gas emissions.
- The rate of deforestation equals to loss of 20 football fields every minute.
- Up to 28,000 species are expected to become extinct by the next quarter of the century due to deforestation.
- 4500 acres of forests are cleared every hour by forest fires, bulldozers, machetes etc.
- 1.6 billion people across the globe depend on forest products for their livelihoods there by adding more to deforestation.
- The total world forest loss till date is 7.3 million hectares per year.
- Industrialized countries consume 12 times more wood and its products per person than the non-industrialized countries.
- Soil erosion, floods, wildlife extinction, increase in global warming, and climate imbalance are few of the effects of deforestation.
- According to Forestry Department Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, about half the world’s tropical forests have been cleared or degraded.- source
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