Indonesia's Destructive Habit
Deforestation over the last 50 years has ravaged Indonesia, a country known for its vast tropical forests spread over its 17,000 islands. According to The Independent, logging and burning has made it the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases after the U.S. and China.
Logging concessions, unsustainable land management, and illegal practices have created an environmental crisis. With nearly 2 million hectares disappearing each year (in 2007, Greenpeace estimated that 300 football fields were destroyed every hour), tiny Indonesia is contributing a whopping 8 percent to global carbon emissions.
While we can only hope the endangered tigers, elephants, and orangutans there are able to survive this madness, you can do your part to help cut emissions by planting a tree. Contribute to the UN’s Billion Tree Campaign or if you're a college student, rent your textbooks from Chegg.com, which plants a tree for every rental. Whether you live in the country or the city, tree-planting is a great earth-friendly project.