How Sustainable is BC’s Forestry Industry?

1. Define and list the benefits and drawbacks of:

Clearcutting & Silviculture:
The definition of Clearcutting is cutting all of the trees in an exact area for view or any specific reasons. Also, the definition of Silviculture is not far different from clearcutting, it means the method of cultivation of trees in the forest. Thus, the cut trees by clearcutting can be used as the resource of people for silviculture.

– Financial profits
– More increased water flow
– More increased farmlands

– Affecting on environmental problems
– Affecting on wildlife

Selective Logging:
The definition of Selective Logging is the practice of cutting down specific trees and still leaving other species.

– Supports more wildlife
– Building up tolerance and resistance to disease
– Carbon dioxide that is stored by the trees will regenerate
– Helps the forest grow back faster

– Expensive
– Time-consuming
– Some species will not regenerate as fast
– More exposure to weather damage


2. Answer the key question above using your research and your understanding of the economy of the Forestry Industry.

As humans are evolved, most of the resources of human civilizations that are from forests. The forest industry is one of the sides that show a dependence of people on nature. However, the current forestry industry in British Columbia is not sustainable. The loss of the forestry industry is bigger than economical profits. In addition, it is still impossible to restore all of the destroyed environment including ecosystems, wildlife, some species of trees, etc. Even though people try to regenerate them in a forest, the time of restoring trees always has been slower than the spent time of cutting down trees and destruction of the forest. In fact, according to the 2018 Economic State of the B.C. Forest Sector, the rate of deforestation in BC is higher than the reforestation rate. The sustainability of the forestry industry seems still having some possibility to be continued but there are too many obstacles to the future. We need to think about the prevention of the side effects like water pollution and the destruction of the ecosystem first. The forestry industry should be continued after the perfect remedy of the side effects is discovered.

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Ethic of Care and Environmental Ethic

How do you personally define an ethic of care?

In my opinion, an ethic of care defines the action to help with caring for other people.


What would be needed to create an ethic of care?

The reason for an ethic of care would be altruism or conscience that humans usually have. Sometimes the belief of people who want to dream ideal goals can be that reason too.


What would we have to believe about the environment to care for it? How should we see it?

The small action from us can change the environment too.

If we want to act for protecting the environment, people at least need to care about the environment and deeply think about the way to fix the problem.


How would we act if we cared about the environment? – give scenarios

We can at least start from caring for the environment and the value of it. All side effects of environmental problems affect humans and the cost that will be invested to improve the problem will be uncountable so it would be better to take some time to fix it.


What would be different about the world if everyone adopted this ethic of care towards the environment? Benefits and drawbacks?

The big turning point will not be able to show up in a short time, there will be small changes. Then they can make a huge difference too. Although the ideal scenario always does not be the answer to the problem, it is still worthy to prepare for the little changes.


Should we adopt an ethic of care towards the environment?

The only action we can practice in reality for the environment does not need to be a huge event like inventing new green energy. We can start from some little actions that separating collection, using disposable cups, keep caring of the environment, and trying to find a way that we can actually practice. At least, it will be able to solve the environmental problems.