Target: Governor of California, Jerry Brown
Goal: Protect California’s valuable forests and watersheds from harmful clear cutting.
With the historic drought hitting California, one would think that our trees would be considered sacred, but that is not the case. Clear cutting still continues in the state, where acres of trees are cut down to be used for consumer products. This action does nothing to help our environment or the delicate ecosystems that exist in these forests. Tell Governor Jerry Brown to stop cutting down our forests, as this only exacerbates other existing environmental problems.
Trees provide many benefits to both humans and other animals. Trees provide the oxygen we breathe, absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, store water, and keep our soil healthy. Trees prevent erosion from occurring and provide homes to many animals. Not only are trees beneficial for our health, but they’ve provided jobs for many people in the tourism and recreation industries. Many creatures depend on trees for their existence, and yet humans insist on cutting them down.
The trees in the Sierras are largely affected by clear cutting. The Sierras are home to a variety to different animals, such as bears, the bighorn sheep, and mountain lions. If these trees were to be cut down it would severely limit the amount of resources and homes these animals would have. These animals are already under a lot of pressure thanks to the state’s historic drought; California shouldn’t be adding more stress by cutting down trees. Sign this petition and tell Governor Jerry Brown that our forests need to be preserved, not cut down.
Dear Governor Jerry Brown,
Trees provide humans with many benefits. These plants provide us with air, absorb carbon dioxide, store water, provide homes to animals, and provide us with beauty. Trees have been mythologized in many cultures, and are associated with the earth and life. Why then would you insist on cutting them down, especially when California is in the midst of a historic drought?
Humans are not the only ones who need trees. Squirrels, deer, birds, insects, and a plethora of other creatures depend on trees for their livelihood. The benefits of trees are phenomenal, and yet they are being cut down for use in the lumber industry. As a concerned citizen I implore you to stop this act at once. The trees in our national parks, the Sierras and anywhere else in the state should not be clear cut. The trees should be protected and admired for the many benefits it provides us living creatures.
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