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One Small Step

October 21, 2009

Argentina and Paraguay are making positive steps towards battling climate change by preserving threatened forests as both countries have agreed to “work towards zero net deforestation in the Atlantic forest.”

Currently, the Atlantic forest is one of the most endangered forests in the world with only 7.4% of it remaining. Argentina will implement new plans so that 1.1 million hectares of the forest are preserved, while Paraguay extended the country’s zero deforestation law to 2013 (source: World Wide Fund for Nature)

Argentina and Paraguay are setting good examples for the rest of the countries in the world. Their actions should encourage the governments of the world who are meeting in Copenhagen for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to discuss how to reduce global warming.

Forests are key to climate change because trees absorb carbon dioxide, which is a contributing factor to global warming. Instead of flying a kite, perhaps one can plant a tree.

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