Unit 5 - How Forests are Valued

Lesson 1: Over-consumption

"There is enough in the world for everyone's need; there is not enough for everyone's greed." - Gandhi

Everything we consume comes from the natural world and our resources are limited.  As we continue to consume at an increasing rate, the planet is suffering from the extraction of these resources. 
To meet the demand for products by consumers, the forest industry harvests enormous amounts of timber.

A large, ready supply of timber makes overconsumption easy.

You can personally put less pressure on the forest by consciously choosing to consume less and to use the forests more wisely.

If you shop to satisfy your wants rather than your needs, you may want to reconsider some of your decisions.

Could you go without or make some products last longer? If you value the forests, you probably could.

A large, ready supply of timber makes over-consumption easy.  Large efficient harvest and transport machines also facilitate over-consumption.