Mother Earth Needs Healing - Effects of Rainforests and Deforestation on Earth

Mother Earth ~

We are all children of Mother Earth.
We are all children of Mother Earth. | Source

Help Mother Earth heal ~

Mother Earth needs healing from current and past desecration.The effects of rainforests and deforestation on Earth are huge factors in how we can help our planet heal. All over the world sacred places have been destroyed, many parts of rainforests have been cut down, illegal felling of trees for lumber has taken a toll on forests, mountain tops have been cleared and leveled, lakes, streams and even the oceans have been polluted.

The harmony and balance of the planet is in danger.

Rainforests ~

The biggest pharmacy and incubator of life in the world is a rainforest. According to National Geographic, the National Cancer Institute estimated that 70 percent of plants that produce anti-cancer properties come from rainforests.

Rainforests are so dense that some areas have not been explored. There could be millions of species of plants not yet found that carry medicinal properties which could be a boon to mankind. About 40% to 70% of all living organisms can be found in rainforests and are indigenous to that environment.

Rainforests are home to more than half of the plants and animals of the world. Mammals, reptiles, birds and invertebrates live in these forests which have not changed much for millions of years (from the Paleozoic era). Deforestation, which causes loss of habitat, and atmospheric pollution is causing many of these species of animals and plants to disappear at an alarming rate.

Rainforests provide the world with an oxygen turnover of 28%. This is accomplished through photosynthesis from carbon dioxide, which is the process that plants use to convert light energy into chemical energy. This energy, when released, is fuel for the growth and activity of organisms. In this process, a waste product is oxygen, which is released into the air.

There are two types of rainforests, tropical and temperate.

Daintree Rainforest, tropical ~

Daintree Rainforest, tropical rainforest, north east coast of Queensland, Australia .
Daintree Rainforest, tropical rainforest, north east coast of Queensland, Australia . | Source

Tropical Rainforest ~

A tropical forest sustains high temperatures and heavy rainfall -- that means a constant hot and wet atmosphere which enhances growth of organisms beneficial to forests and to mankind. These type forests are found in Africa, Asia, Australia, Central and South America, Mexico, and the islands of the Pacific, Caribbean and Indian Oceans.

As much as half of all living plant and animal species, plus two-thirds of all flowering plants on Earth thrive in a tropical rain forest. The warm, wet climate is above 64 degrees fahrenheit year round, with an annual rainfall from 66 inches to 390 inches.

Some indigenous people have inhabited tropical rainforests for tens of thousands of years. They have always been hunters-gatherers. Some have been so elusive that only recently have they been discovered. They have existed in the forests without destroying it.

Since food resources are very limited in the rainforest, these people rely on trade with outside agricultural people for most of their food. These indigenous tribes are in danger of losing the only home they have ever known. Illegal logging, and even legal logging or deforestation is threatening a way of life for people who have always survived in harmony with the forests.

Redwood National Park, temperate ~

Temperate rainforest, Coast Redwood forest in Redwood National Park, Northern California, United States
Temperate rainforest, Coast Redwood forest in Redwood National Park, Northern California, United States | Source

Temperate Rainforest ~

Temperate rainforests exist in just a few regions in the world. They get a lot of rain, over 55 inches annually. The majority of these rainforests thrive in climates that receive moisture from oceans (Oceanic-Moist Climates), such as the Pacific temperate rainforests in Western North America and southwestern South America.

Other temperate zone rainforests are found in Subtropical-Moist Climates, which include the eastern Black Sea region, the Caspian rainforests of Iran and Azerbaijan, and Australia's coastal New South Wales.

Temperate rainforest ~

Rainforest in the Blue Mountains, Australia.
Rainforest in the Blue Mountains, Australia. | Source

The largest temperate zone rainforests on Earth are the Pacific ecoregion on coastal mountains that face west. These forests exist from Kodiak Island, Alaska to northern California. Most of these rainforests are in the Rocky Mountain Floristic Region.

Often a fallen tree will be seen rotting on the ground. Some may wonder why it is not cleared. These fallen trees, referred to as "Nurse logs", are essential for providing a place for new seedlings to sprout and grow. If the rotting tree is taken away, the nursery for future trees is gone.

Trees in these regions are predominantly coniferous with the undergrowth of shrubs containing broad leaves. They receive most of their precipitation in the winter. In the summer, fogs form allowing the trees to extract and produce fog drip, which keeps the forest moist at all times.

Deforestation in Bolivia ~

NASA Satellite photograph of deforestation in the Tierras Bajas project in eastern Bolivia.
NASA Satellite photograph of deforestation in the Tierras Bajas project in eastern Bolivia. | Source

Deforestation in Rio de Janeiro ~

Deforestation for the use of clay in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. The hill depicted is Morro da Covanca, in Jacarepaguá.
Deforestation for the use of clay in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. The hill depicted is Morro da Covanca, in Jacarepaguá. | Source

Deforestation ~

It is important to know that there is a difference in deforestation and a regeneration harvest of a forest. A regeneration harvest is the term used in conformance with sustainable forestry practices which takes into account very broad social, economic and environmental goals.

Deforestation is clearing away a forest to use the land for other purposes which becomes permanent non-forest land.

Whether legal or illegal, once deforestation is done, the forest and all the benefits to the flora, fauna and humans are gone. Damage to habitat, biodiversity loss, moisture and water sources cause a hindrance or prevention of growth and development of plant and animal life. With deforestation, a lush rainforest will become desert like in many cases.

Clearing out rainforests disrupts the natural process of biosequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Deforestation of rainforests causes soil erosion and degrades the area into a wasteland. It causes climate changes and displacement or extinction of wildlife and plants. It destroys homes of tribes and their lifestyle. It is an ongoing situation that changes the climate and geography of regions around the world.

This is a controversial subject among experts and laymen alike. Overpopulation calls for the need of more agriculture, more residential properties, more companies and factories for employment, more of everything -- which means more land is needed. Where does most of this land come from? Rainforests are at the mercy of these needs. So, how do we solve this crisis?

It is up to all of us, if possible, to get involved by supporting efforts like sustainable forestry practices that can come to an agreeable solution. The least we can do is to not destroy any forest lands and to be responsible for our own personal environment by being ecologically minded and caring about our future and the future of our children.

Illegal deforestation ~

Illegal slash and burn practice in Madagascar, 2010.
Illegal slash and burn practice in Madagascar, 2010. | Source

Causes of deforestation:

FACTOR
PERCENTAGE
 
Subsistence farming
48
 
Commercial agriculture
32
 
Logging
14
 
Fuel wood removals
5
 
Causes of deforestation according to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNNFCCC) secretariat. This does not include illegal operations of deforestation.

Restore Harmony and Balance ~

Healing stone.
Healing stone. | Source

Harmony and Balance

What do you do, or can do, to restore harmony and balance to Mother Earth?

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Harmony and balance ~

Long, long ago, when the two-leggeds listened to the four-leggeds, the winged, and the ones with roots, there was Harmony and Balance on Mother Earth. There was Peace with all Creation. The rivers and lakes were full of clean waters, the air was pure. The Circle of Life was present in everything. Mother Earth was content and well. Then the voices were silenced and began speaking in languages we do not understand. Mother Earth became troubled - Mother Earth is not well.

In their time the Ancestors listened. They communed with Mother Earth, the animals, the birds, the plants. They prayed daily to Creator and offered thanks for all they had received. They prayed to the six directions, East, where the light and new life began; South, where the warmth and growth began; West, from where maturity and knowledge came; North, where old age and wisdom gave them peace and the knowledge that they lived their life well; Mother Earth, who gave us life and returned to us that which we planted in Her; Sky, where Creator lived and looked down on us with blessings and gave us knowledge, gave us our spirituality and took us back in to where our Ancestors walked when our physical life ended.

The Ones who walked before us were in almost constant prayer of thanks. They walked upon Mother Earth gently, as if each step was a prayer. They left no harsh footprints, only footprints of their spirituality and their way of life. They took from Nature and Mother Earth only what they needed and no more. And they gave thanks each time they took and asked the spirits of that which they took to give their gifts with blessings. They gave back with blessings of gratitude and the gift of caring, nurturing.

As more and more people came the animals retreated -- the lands where they once roamed became smaller and smaller. Even the birds who had the whole sky to soar in had less places on Mother Earth to rest. Plants and trees were uprooted without thought to their ability to give new life to the forests and wooded areas -- taken carelessly with no thought to their medicinal or nutritional values.

There are still many people on Mother Earth who listen to her and do what they can to protect and heal her, but are there enough people who care, who will make a difference? Are there enough to listen to the voices of the ancestors, the voices of the animals, birds, and plants? Is it too late to return to the simple life -- to live as much as possible off the land and to give back to it? If we continue to constantly take and not give back, there will one day be nothing to take, nothing to help us survive. There will be nothing left to give back to help Mother Earth survive.

We can listen still and do what is possible to heal Mother Earth, the giver and sustainer of life. We can dream of what it used to be like. We can also dream of what it could be like for our children and grandchildren. No achievement is ever realized without first having a dream, no journey is ever completed without taking that first step.

Help us Great Spirit ~

Open our hearts ~

Mother Earth needs healing. It is past time to open our hearts, to wake up and step up to our task of doing what we can to save our planet. This article and others like it will hopefully encourage others to join with us and offer individual or global ways of making sure the beauty and resources of Earth will be available for future generations. In our prayers, in our poetry and articles, with our voices and, above all, in our actions, we can heal Mother Earth and save our planet.

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Heart of healing is Harmony and Balance ~

Healing starts in the heart of All that Is.
Healing starts in the heart of All that Is. | Source

Note from author ~

Thank you for reading my article. Your opinions are important to me and let me know your interests. This helps me to offer more of your favorite subjects to read about. Your time and interest are very much appreciated. I hope to hear from you in the comments section below.

I write on several different subjects, all evergreen articles. You can read more about me and see more articles I wrote by clicking on my name by the small picture of me at the top right of this page.

Blessings and may you always walk in Peace and Harmony, softly upon Mother Earth.

Phyllis Doyle Burns - Lantern Carrier, Spiritual Mentor
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© 2014 Phyllis Doyle Burns

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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

Forests cover 31% of the land area on our planet. They produce vital oxygen and provide homes for people and wildlife, and here we are the smartest of all animals destroying the very fabric of our lives..Deforestation comes in many forms, including fires, clear-cutting for agriculture, ranching and development, unsustainable logging for timber, and degradation due to climate change. it is in fact a disappearing treasure.. hubs like this needs to be out in the front lines... great topic dear phyllis.. bless you


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Bless you, Frank. I so appreciate your contribution to this hub with that great comment. You are very wise, my dear. Thank you, thank you, thank you.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

This is such a stunning hub Phyllis, both visually and in the interesting and informative content. I am glad you are on board and spreading the word about protecting our planet, Mother Earth. Rainforests are true treasures and need to be protected at all costs. Australia has some of the most beautiful in the world as your amazing photos show. I added a link to this hub on mine as well. Voted up, shared and tweeted.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Jodah, I am feeling so good after reading your comment. Such a very fine and kind comment it is. I hope we get more and more people on board for Mother Earth. Our planet is worth it, for it is our life force. Thank you so much for reading, linking, voting and sharing. I so appreciate you.


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shara63 2 years ago from Delhi

Since me too a nature lover, i love everything that is related to nature so i liked your hub that is a wonderful message for all...Plants & forest are the vital part of nature so they make a strong base to life & strengthen the ecosystem ....harming forests & plants is harming ourself & killing lives....I wish, more & more people read your hub in order to learn to love & respect Mother earth so that she showers her love & care on us for ever.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi shara. Nice to meet you. I really like and appreciate your thoughts on my hub and on Mother Earth. I can tell you are a Nature lover and free spirit. I do hope a lot of people read articles like this and write some of their own. We need to do what we can so future generations can enjoy and receive the benefits and beauty of Earth. Thank you so much for your visit and comment.


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esmonaco 2 years ago from Lakewood New York

What amazing research you have done here. I've certainly learned some new things, as I never knew there were two different types of forests, and never realized that fallen trees are sort of a greenhouse for new growth. I guess I should pay a little more attention. Thanks for a very informative read :)


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

You are most welcome, esmonaco. Thank you for stopping by to read and comment, I appreciate it. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest where there is no lack of forests. I learned a lot of things early on about things like fallen trees and the importance of leaving them where they fall. Forests are beautiful and magical. Thanks again and have a great day.


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DealForALiving 2 years ago from Earth

Thank you for writing this hub. It's surprising how little coverage the rainforests get anymore even though people have become more eco-conscious.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi DealForALiving. You are most welcome. Thanks for coming by to read and comment. I think there should be a lot more coverage on what is happening to our rainforests and the devastation of deforestation. Have a great day.


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SheGetsCreative 2 years ago from Seattle, WA

Beautiful hub. I think if more people realized how connected to rainforests we as a species truly are, we might cherish them a bit more. Good that you are shining a light.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Well thank you, SheGetsCreative. I hope more people shine lights on this issue. I appreciate your visit and comment, thank you again.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Great hub! Forestry is so important to us and yet some people don't think it should be save instead they destroy the best of our nature. Valuable points made here and with such lovely photos.


sheilamyers 2 years ago

Great hub! You did a wonderful job covering both the description of the types as well as intelligent ways to conserve these areas of the world. So many people take the extremes of either destroying everything in the name of progress or not touching any wild place for any reason. There is a middle ground, we just have to find it before it's too late.


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DrBill-WmL-Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

Best wishes to each and every one of us! Love the images! Thanks for sharing these important thoughts! ;-)


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi Devika. You are so right about forestry. It is so important to save our forests, whether they are rainforests or other types. Thank you for reading and commenting. Hope all is well with you.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Thanks, Sheila. It is very fortunate that some groups who can make a difference are working on conservation and renewal of our rainforests. I appreciate your comment. It is true, there is middle ground in all this issue. Thanks again, Sheila.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi DrBill. Yes! Best wishes to us all. Thank you so much for stopping by, reading and commenting. Have a great day.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Thanks Phyllis.

Well-written and timely Hub. So necessary in these troubled times. Extremely striking pictures and video in this noble cause of service.

My way is the way of the ancestors as you highlight so well. Pray and serve, send inspirations by written or inner healings to the minds of all those who wish to destroy or are filled with avarice and lust for power.

To talk to God, the Earth and rely on His mercy. All Light and Love to your beautiful heart.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

You are most welcome, dear Manatita. The way of the ancestors is also my way. Your words always bring me to a place of peace. Thank you, Manatita. Many blessings, Light and Love to you, dear inspirational Teacher and poet.


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Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

Beautiful photos. Enjoy reading your hubs very much, you are a excellent writer. Thanks.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Thank you very much, Elsie, for the kind comment. So glad you enjoyed the hub and photos. I appreciate your visit.


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Doris Dancy 2 years ago from Yorktown, Virginia

Phyllis ~ This is such an important hub and I LOVE your visuals. They make us know even more how important it is to keep the earth healthy and safe. I was quite intrigued by your mention of the tribes that live in the rain forests who are losing their homes…people who are rarely seen. I know they are not your main subject, but I would love to know more about them. Thank you for sharing something so important and making us aware of how necessary it is for us to do our part to save Mother Earth.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi Doris. Thank you for such a kind and thoughtful comment. I am glad you mentioned those elusive tribes. That really intrigues me, too. A few years ago a friend of mine shared a photo, taken from a helicopter, of a tribe that had just been discovered. It was an amazing picture of the people staring up in awe at the helicopter, bows and arrows in their hands. I wish I could find that photo. Maybe YouTube has a video on it. I would love to write about these tribes and learn more about them, but have so many other hubs and research in progress. I am so glad you like the hub. Thanks again, Doris.


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Doris Dancy 2 years ago from Yorktown, Virginia

Phyllis, if you should find a spare minute, tell us something about them. That would be an AMAZING hub. This is from someone who takes forever to write ONE hub. (laughing)


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Well, Doris, you do have my curiosity going now. I will see if I can find something on them. Thanks.


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Snakesmum 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Beautiful images, Phyllis. We are not doing enough to save our planet, and multi-national corporations are more interested in their bottom lines than in saving tribes, forests, and animals. It isn't only the forests, though - it is the oceans as well. Hopefully, we will be able to change our ways before it is too late.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Doris, I found one article by National Geographic about an Amazon tribe. The title is New Uncontacted Tribe found in Amazon. You can look it up in search with that title. They have some great photos, too. It is very interesting.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Thanks,Snakesmum. You are right, there is a lot more that can be done. In this hub I focused on just rainforests, but as you say, it is oceans as well. One of the major factors of deforestation is corrupt government agencies and wealthy people who are greedy for ever more power and money. It is the same with polluted bodies of water, and also our wild horses here in the states that we fight for, for their freedom, when corrupt agencies sell the horses to buyers who sell the horses to slaughter houses. it is all about money and power in most cases. Thanks again for the visit and comment.


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Doris Dancy 2 years ago from Yorktown, Virginia

Thanks, Phyllis. I will read this. I think this is an awesome topic. Thanks for opening up something very new to me. I love learning new things.


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Doris Dancy 2 years ago from Yorktown, Virginia

Phyllis, I found some awesome pictures with very short explanations. Thanks for sharing this. I still hope you find the time to write about them. The pictures are amazing.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

You are welcome, Doris.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

I may write about them some day, Doris. Right now there is not enough information about that tribe except what Nat Geo has. I would have to do a lot of research so I won't be duplicating what Nat Geo has.


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joanveronica 2 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

Hi Phyllis a wonderful Hub as usual, so beautiful and well written. The rain forests of South America are very dear to me, as you can imagine. I hope and pray they will not be destroyed, as has happened in so many other places of our por misused planet. Voted up and sharing. See you!


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi Joan Veronica. I am always so happy to hear from you. I wish I could visit you to see your beautiful and beloved lands and gardens. Thank you so much for reading, commenting the votes and the share. I can so imagine walking through your marvelous rainforest. Thanks again for stopping by. Blessings to you and take care, dear friend.


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Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

Excellent article. My daughter is an environmental science major and I am learning a lot from her about improving the earth and what is actually being done about it.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi Paula. That is wonderful about your daughter. To educate ourselves on improving Earth is so important. Thank you so much for reading and commenting.


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jmsp206 2 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

We must do something to save this planet. We live in such a wasteful society which effects the earth and us so badly.

Slowly we are waking up hopefully it won't be too late.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi jmsp206. Yes, we all must do something, no matter how small, to heal Earth and save it. I think more and more people are waking up to what it will mean to our children and grandchildren. Thank you for reading and commenting. I greatly appreciate it.


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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee

Phyllis, what a beautifully penned article and it is the truth. Thank you for posting. It seems people often forget our rain forests in the quest for newer, trendier things to put their interests in. Gods bless.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Thank you so much, Beth. Your comment means a lot to me and I so appreciate it. Bless you and yours.


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

Wonderful hub, very useful and informative!

Hubs such as these will be very effective in spreading awareness among people. Everyone must be consciously involved in protecting mother Earth.

Beautiful pictures too, voted up!


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Mother Earth definitely needs a lot of healing. Deforestation is causing a lot of problems already. Great hub highlighting an important message.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi ChitrangadaSharan. Such a nice comment you send me - thank you so much for reading.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi Vellur. I just cannot grasp the devastation that has already been done to some rainforests. I long to go back home to the Pacific Northwest and revisit the forests there. Thank you so much for your visit and comment.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

The rainforest photos here are beautiful. I would love to visit this area some day. I hear there is more awareness today on helping to preserve this part of our world. We should all do our part to keep creation in harmony with all things.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi Dianne. Thank you for stopping by to read and comment. Rainforests are all over the world, so it is a world-wide effort to preserve them. Thankfully, the sustainable forestry practice is catching on and will make a difference. Thanks again, Dianne


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hello Phyllis…

This article is not only well-researched and stunning; it is filled with facts of which many are not aware. It should be read by everyone.

The graphic of Mother Earth is spectacular. All nature has a voice; when did our voices become more important? That mankind has disassociated himself from his very life support systems is disturbing, to say the least.

Voted way up and shared. Excellent work, Phyllis. Hugs. :-)


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Greetings, Genna. Your question: "All nature has a voice; when did our voices become more important? " is so very important for all to ponder. When what humans think of as their "rights" destroy Nature's rights it is a sad thing indeed.

I so appreciate your thoughts on this subject and your visit, reading, commenting. Thank you ever so much for your compliments. (((hugs)))


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Hi phyllis, it makes me so mad too, I keep hearing about global warming, and yet they still keep cutting down the lungs of the Earth, the trees! what is wrong with these people? are they so stupid they can't see the connection? this was awesome! and the pictures were amazing and went so well with the hub, voted up and shared, nell!


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi Nell - good to hear from you. I so understand the anger. Those who destroy are in it for the wealth and power. Thankfully there is more awareness of the situation and groups are forming to help preserve the forests. Thank you so much for commenting, sharing and voting. I really appreciate this.


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misterhollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

A great hub with a very real message everyone needs to read and follow!


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi misterhollywood - so nice of you to stop by and read. Yes, we all need to become more aware of the needs of Mother Earth. Thank you for reading and commenting. I appreciate it.


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WiccanSage 2 years ago

Beautiful article, and I agree with others here-- it's so easy to get very angry at the carelessness going on. I have faith the planet can still heal herself but we have got to wise up. At this point I don't even think it matters if people 'believe' in global warming or climate change or whether man has anything to do with it-- we should be smart enough to realize the Earth is our only home, we cannot ravage it for resources without repercussions. Even animals know not to poop where they eat and sleep. Our technology has surpassed our wisdom and our species is too driven by greed. This is a great hub to raise awareness.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi Sage. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. I so agree that greed is what drives our species in many ways. Thanks again.


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Ruby H Rose 2 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

Hi Phyllis-I couldn't agree more. I have this book on my shelf. I really like the way you spoke out for the trees and shared so much that is going on and what we need to do. Very well said, your compassion shines through. Thumbs up and shared.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi Ruby. Thank you so much for your very kind words. I appreciate your visit and comment. PS: the PNW is my homeland and I miss it so much. I used to take the ferry from Anacortes out to the islands. Such a beautiful area. Thanks again, Ruby.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

A very important write Phyllis. You have covered so very much! If we can't control and hang on to our land and trees what will we ever do? Real near me they have cut down so very many trees on both sides of the interstate and I can see no logical reason for it; it is not a place they will be adding highway...how do we stop it? I just don't know. I will miss the shade and cool air from those trees and I am sure they were home to many birds and squirrels. I better see a good reason or someone is going to hear from me. We have to start at least trying to have a voice.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

You are so spot on, Jackie - we must begin letting our voices be heard. Maybe the trees in your area were diseased? I would sure find out just why they took those trees down. I remember, so many years ago, that a road near our home in California had some old Olive Trees that were beautiful. When the city wanted to take out the trees to widen the road, there was such an uproar from citizens that they had to transplant all those trees (about 20) to a new boulevard strip. Those trees are still there in the new home. That was at least 30 years ago. There are some groups that are trying to make a difference, one in Australia, but we need more voices and articles on this destruction of Nature. In Ireland, there such a strong belief and respect for faeries that they will change construction plans to go around groups of trees that are known to be faerie homes or gathering places. We need to do something like that in America. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. Our voices are in our writing.


13 months ago

mother earth pictures very nice.


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Phyllis Doyle 13 months ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Thank you, s.

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