Unsolved No. 499,999,999,999
As they reach the entrance of a small private parking lot, viewers observe a trail of blood and Christmas tree needles running across the parking lot. As they follow the trail, they reach a recycling skip. The skip is also heavily stained on its side. The lid is closed.
The viewer is faced with having to take a decision: either she/he will explore the scene further and look inside the skip or just turn her/his back and leave. Inside the skip, the sight of a cut down Christmas tree put in plastic bags will unfold. Guilt, curiosity or indifference will dictate whether the viewer will choose to take further action or not.
Every year, 13 to 15 million hectares of forests are cut down, which accounts for around 4 billion trees. Rainforest are the most affected by the process of mass deforestation, with countries from all over the world being in danger of losing most of their rainforests in the next 20 years.
Rainforests generate a large amount of the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s oxygen. The amount of precipitations that fall in these areas also regulates rainfall and water levels from all over the world. Destroying rainforests can and does cause climate change. Thus, deforestation doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t only affect local ecosystems, but the entire biosphere.
Deforestation cannot be attributed to a single individual or company. There is a long chain of offenders starting with the logger and ending with individual that uses one too many sheets of paper. It is a collective process that requires individual action in order to be stopped or at least slowed down.