-Paragraph 1: According to Conserve Energy Future, “If the current rate of deforestation continues, it will take less than 100 years to destroy all the rainforests on the earth.” -Paragraph 2: At the rate that the world is deforesting, the rainforests will be gone too soon. The trees absorb carbon dioxide and make oxygen out of it, if the carbon dioxide cannot be absorbed it replaces the oxygen lost, which not only creates illnesses all over the world because of unhealthy air, but also increases global warming. That would create a chain reaction, habitats of animals like Polar bears would melt down therefore animal species would go extinct. Since all the ice would melt and turn into water the ocean levels would rise so much that islands and part of continents would disappear which would also make animal species go extinct and countries economies would decrease. The rainforests of the world can be gone really soon, Think Global Green says,”Rainforests once covered 14% of the earth’s land surface; now they cover a mere 6% and experts estimate that the last remaining rainforests could be consumed in less than 40 years.” The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is contributing majorly towards this act. Around 50% of the world’s animal and plant species live in rainforests and the Congo Basin is the second largest rainforest in the world. The DRC owns more than one third of the Congo Basin and 12.5% of the world’s rainforest with 133 million ha. However, the DRC is cutting their rainforests fast. According to the Earth Observatory, “Between 2000 and 2010, the country lost 3,711,800 hectares.” This is the size of around half of the Czech Republic which was cut down in only 10 years just on one country. -Paragraph 3: Deforestation has been going on since humans discovered fire thousands and thousands of years ago, but deforestation became a serious concern in the 1950’s. Today people cut trees from all over the world however, poorer people need to cut trees to be able to get money. In March 2013 Africa was identified as the poorest continent in the world. The people in Africa are generally indeed poorer than other populations around the world. In the DRC it is one’s job to cut trees whether it is to fuel their fire, pulp for making paper, for farm land or to sell the land for more income to feed themselves, their families, their cattle and to pay the taxes. Even though, people in DRC cut trees for subsistence farming, it is a great danger since Africa as a continent has by far the largest population growth worldwide. After all, people are just trying to live their own life without commercial farming. However, because of the great population growth and the wealth they have no choice to get money from tree cutting which puts Earth in danger.-Paragraph 4: In 2012 the Environment Minister of DRC, Bavon N’sa Mputu Elima, wrote down in the DRC laws how deforestation is illegal from then on. However, he did not state at which ports it is illegal and Greenpeace already discovered unmarked illegal wood cutting. After that he sent people to suspect illegal activity. However, when they found illegal activity they could not enforce it because the Minister did not give specific information like what would happen to people doing deforestation when the law was introduced and so they did not have the right to enforce it. With making deforestation illegal that might have worked to stop it in DRC, but the Environment Minister did not give specific information about the law so it couldn’t be enforced. This is due to political corruption with making this illegal, but also making unavailable to enforce it. Anyhow, Bavon N’sa Mputu Elima like this not only gets a good reputation of trying to stop deforestation, but like this maybe big companies can be making business with him to not make it illegal.-Paragraph 5: The Democratic Republic of Congo is one step behind Brazil in solving deforestation since Brazil has deforestation as illegal much more precisely than DRC. Since in Brazil this solution failed the solution has to be different in the DRC. A working solution for this huge problem has to be solved in the mindset of the citizens not with extreme punishment since it is mainly needy farmers who deforest in the DRC. The solution that would work is making other jobs more attractive than cutting wood. First, make a punishment for cutting wood illegally like have to pay 1000 USD for 1 tree that is illegally cut down. Also the people would be recorded because 1 tree will cost them 10000 USD the second time they do illegal wood cutting. Since in 2017 the GDP per capita was 650 USD so this would be such a big punishment that most people wouldn’t risk their monthly payment and almost double of it just for 1 tree. This method would not only stop the farmers, but also the people who do commercial cutting because of the second time punishment. Secondly, making jobs like trash picker, security, cashier and house builder get more paid also 1000 USD. This would also create a thinking in people’s mind if they want to pay 1000 USD for cutting just 1 tree or get paid that much, but have to work a different job. This solution would decrease the deforestation in the DRC around 60%. Lastly, make an application to a phone which has 3 buttons in total. One is “Here is my location, I heard wood cutting!”. Then the second one would be “Hey I hear wood bombing going on!”. The last button would be evidence of the activity. These messages would go in to the nearest police station and the police would instantly go there if there is evidence of any deforestation activity recorded given to them.