"You can make many things out of wood, but not trees"– Jan Sobotka
Wood is a very knowed and used material in our everyday life.
But what is wood? Wood is a porous and fibrous structural tissue found in the stems and roots of trees and other woody plants. Wood is an extremely functional , ecological and biodegrable material.
What is wood used for? Wood has been used for thousands of years for both fuel and as construction material. Also, we produce PAL, MDF and OSB out of wood. At a global scale, wood is mostly used as a fuel: wood gives aprox. 3,5kwh/kg (1 cubic meter wood = 0,14 tons oil = 1480 kwh). Wood has a long history of being used as a fuel, which sadly continues to this day, mostly in rural ares of the world. Hardwood is preferred over softwood because it creates less smoke and burns longer. Wood has also been an important construction material since human began building shelters, houses and boats. The Earth contains about 434 billion cubic meters of growing stock forest, 47 % of which is commercial!
But what can we do to enjoy this extremely neccessarily resource for a longer period of time? Wood recyling is one way to go. Recycling wood or recycling timber is the process of turning waste timber into usable products . Recycling timber is a practice that was popularized in the early 1990s as issues as deforestation and climate changes .
Tree branches, stumps, pallets and clean scrap wood from construction sites are all examples of clean waste wood. Recycling wood reduces the cutting of new trees which in turns preserves the forest habitat of many birds and animals and reduces the incidence of soil erosion. Another way to improve the environment is to plant new trees and expand our local green places. Furniture that cannot be used without being repared its redone. This means that the furniture is cleaned, fixed, repainted before it is resold .Wood waste also comes from old buildings, bridges, which are demolated and sorted.At the same time, rocks are being recycled. And its sorted and reused. Let's think of an example: A boatman carved into his paddles two words. Into one paddle he carved the word: " faith " and into the other the word: "actions". Asked by his customers the meaning of this worlds he simply explained: if you sail with only one paddle, " faith ", we will go nowhere and just sail in a circle, but if you sail with both, you will move forward.
If you have faith you need to take actions and you will reach your goal. In an interview given by Egger Romania, Rădăuți, the CEO says: ‚‚We, as a company, built an recycling platform in Bucharest and in the of Bucharest, in the city Cernica, where we colect wood waste, from both big and small companies, that work with wood or import wood, from food wrapings to old furniture, or wood that comes from cleanings made in parks."
From both the example, and the interview we understand that only with big efforts and financial investments we will succed in protecting the environment and to respect the nature at its rightful value.
So that's why team Green Volunteers supports and encourages wood recycling for a better world!
Team: Green Volunters Student Sorina Odoviciuc, Andreea Ungurean, class X E,
Deforestation, or deforestation is total removal, either by cutting or by burning woody plants in a given area.
What effect may deforestation ?
Deforestation is, in some cases- if done head- useful because the surface can then be used for other purposes, such as agriculture, grazing, construction and also resulting timber is very useful in many industries. Problems arise when deforestation are in an irrational and lacks sustainability.
Such deforestation on a massive scale, leading to deterioration of soil quality and although somewhere in the forests still cover 30 % of the planet's surface each year 75,000 kmof forest disappear, according to National Geographic. The rate of deforestation in the tropics is very high and if drastic measures are not taken, up to 100 years in tropical forests will disappear completely, says the same source.
Among the negative effects of habitat estedistrugerea millions of species of flora and fauna. About 70 percent of terrestrial plants and animals living in the forests, and most do not survive the destruction of their homes. Also, no trees- the tin shade during the day and at night keeps the heat better- changes resulting from high temperatures, which are harmful to plants and animals from the area.
In recent years the rate of deforestation has decreased a little, and several countries around the world have initiated reforestation projects, but deforestation still remain a problem. An issue that should I pay more attention and a lot more consideration.
As the current situation in Romania, where they destroyed thousands of hectares, much of it illegal, it has brought us in the situation that we are the poorest in Europe Chapter forests. I hope to change that soon. The sooner the better.
We can find paper everywhere: in shops, in each room of any house, in the company offices, on the pavement, crowded in the cesspool surrounded by other waste. Everyday each of us uses paper at least one time. The paper is the most frequently waste coming from every sphere of activity and therefore, it has the greatest share worldwide. We often don’t realize how irresponsible are we using the paper unfortunately.
We are living in a time when we have hardships in all aspects of our lives. There are all kind of crisis and shortages in the world. Generation gaps get bigger and bigger. Our time is getting shorter, no body has time for the really important things, but every one wastes his energy, youth and talent. We are bent by our own pleasures, aggressive technology progress, comfort and lack of interest for what is happening around us.
I have believed for a long time, and I still believe, that only the food with a special taste worths to be consumed. Agriculture seemed to me something abstract and unbelievable. Why would you want to live in the countryside, plough and rise animals, if what you really want is an intelectual carreer? I found the answer imediately.
It is nice at the supermarket, isn’t it? All the products are nicely packed and there are a lot of discounts. It would be a pity to go home without buying anything.
Sometimes we read the labels but we easily ignore „the signs” which show us the chemicals found in the products for the sake of flavour. But is it the real taste of the products? Do we not consider the taste over the quality? Living this way, are we able to have as a long life as our grandparents? Shouldn’t we worry about all the illnesses in young adults and children? Are our parents the only responsible for all of these? We shouldn’t judge our parents for this. I would talk about our poor nourishment, but I would also like to talk about agriculture because it is the place from where the staff of life comes.
Capitalism, which is focused on intensive production and controling the resources, is based on man’s wish and power to always reach his limits. Nowadays barely can you see someone who works on the fields with the horses and the spud. Farm equipments not only make farmer’s work easier but also help them work faster.
Then we should take a look at the water resources in which we inverst. We install irrigation systems, we chose the most productive hybids for a specific agricultural area and after analyzing the properties of that soil, we add the elements that are missing by using chemical fertilizers so that we have a rich hearvest. It is all about money, investment and profit. Few people do really care about how chemical fertilizers are going to affect the soil, water, air.
There are also the ecologists who are not interested in massive production but high quality products. There is, indeed, a slight difference of quality in that products, but even the experts consider that it is impossible for any product to be 100% ecological.
In the past, the progress of science was not so carelessly. Unfortunately, recent scientific discoveries are not very prudent. So what is going to happen with us or our offsprings? Pollution is spreading everywhere. The process of poisoning the planet is like a well controlled genocid.
The nature that God created and let us take care of, started to rebel against the human beings for the abuses that man did. The climate is changing, the resources are dimishing, the work became easier but death is bear down on us. It is important that us take action. We should rather take care of our gardens instead of exploiting the outer space to extent the network of satelites for the online social networks. We should be aware of the danger of overusing chemical fertilizers. Digging with a spud is more difficult, of course, but it is less harmful for the enviromnent than herbicids. If you chose to use the chemical products in order to finish your work faster, you will have more free time to spend on the internet for vitual friendships or movies, but your health and body will suffer.
Our bodies are not able to adapt to the current level of pollution. This is the root of the most problems in our lives. So we should chose to live a well balanced, simple and healthy life.
Team: Greeny Teeny
Student Teodora Fedoreanu, class XI G,
Coordinating teacher: Cornelia Hatnean,
Eudoxiu Hurmuzachi National College Rădăuți, Suceava, Romania
I live in a town in Romania, Moldova region, with a population of about 51 thousand inhabitants. Focus on their daily activities of the inhabitants of Roman, for them about it, they do not place a high value on selective recycling and waste disposal and particularly the textile.
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