It takes only 5-6 years to grow and harvest an 80’ Moso bamboo stalk, as opposed to over 30 years for a traditional oak tree to be harvested. It takes up to 90 years for Oak to reach full maturity and it can live over 800 years. Millions of acres of trees from all over the world are cut down every year to keep up with our demands for flooring and other products. Enough acres of trees equal to the size of Rhode Island every week. It takes decades to grow these beautiful forests, and minutes to cut them down.
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Although it is impossible to know exactly how many trees are cut down worldwide every year, a 2005 United Nations Environmental Report estimates that between 3 and 6 billion trees are cut down every year for flooring, paper, lumber and other uses. About 500,000 trees are cut hourly worldwide, 75 acres every minute, 108,000 acres each day, 39,000,000 acres a year.
Team Up for the Trees, an Earth Force Publication
Forests and trees are the number one source of oxygen on our planet. We need forests to produce oxygen and clean the atmosphere to help us breathe. We also know that the earth’s climate can be affected, as well as the water cycle. With this being said, animals are losing their homes at a rapid rate. Some species may be at risk for extinction.