What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.
Our earth, with all of its beauty and sumptuousness, has been a home for human beings and other living creatures for over a billion years. Known as the most remarkable planet because of its rich resources, Earth never fails to provide and sustain the lives within it.
Unfortunately, as said by Mahatma Gandhi, "Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed", we humans remain known for our siphoning of natural resources without considering environmental sustainability. According to history, the depletion and damage of our earth and its environment have been highly related to events of war and armed conflict.
The environment and natural resources alike have been both the reason, and victim of war and armed conflict. A study conducted by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), found that at least 40 percent of conflicts have been driven by the exploitation of natural resources such as gold, oil, and even spices. Forests and crops are normally burned down, water-sources are polluted, soils are poisoned and animals are killed for the sake of gaining military advantage.