YELL #BumiBelia Stories
By: Tuan Nur Batrisyia Binti Tuan Saharudin
Urbanization is one of the leading causes of deforestation. When cities grow in size to accommodate more people, they push against the natural boundaries that surround them.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the rate of deforestation is expected to be 10 million hectares per year between 2015 and 2020, down from 16 million hectares per year in the 1990s.
This is not to say that I am against urbanization; it's unavoidable because of population growth. However, sometimes, I noticed there are constructions of rows of shops or housing that have been abandoned halfway due to financial problems and others. It seems likely that this issue leads to wasting places that were once a home to wild animals and plants. Animals abandon their homes when their surrounding habitat is destroyed, resulting in a reduction in their number. If we’re not careful, this may lead to wildlife extinction. Indeed, the habitats of wild animals and plants need to be preserved for the upcoming generation and for the great biodiversity in the future.