By The Numbers 31% of the world’s land surface is covered by forests. Imagine the massive impact it would have on our ecosystem, environment and wildlife if that number was reduced to, say, 25% due to deforestation?
7% of total forest cover is planted by humans, which can provide about two-thirds of global wood production!
How Trees Help:
More than 210 gigatons (one gigaton is a billion tons) of carbon are stored in tropical forests alone – more than seven times of what humans produce annually . As deforestation continues, more carbon gets released into the atmosphere, increasing greenhouse gases that can contribute to extreme weather shifts and climate change.
Forests provide homes for millions of animals, with even more being discovered as 80% of the world’s plant and animal species living on land can be found in forests.
Providing For People
We depend on trees the same way animals do, so deforestation can devastate human communities as well. Despite forests’ important role in preventing climate change, humans are still cutting down forest areas roughly the size of England every year. Worse, cutting down these trees releases the CO2 they have stored.
The top 3 countries for annual total deforestation were Brazil, Australia and Indonesia from 2000-2010.
232 million hectares (1 hectare = 2.47 acres) of forests could be lost by 2050 if we do not take action, versus only 55.5 million if we take action now to preserve forests.
15% of global greenhouse gas emissions come from deforestation. This type of gas is a key factor in climate change, which can lead to more extreme weather across the world.
Protecting Our Trees.
100% of agricultural raw materials, paper and board used should be sustainably sourced by 2020.
Trees and forests provide the resources to make many products, but there are countless other reasons to work to ensure that they’re around for future generations. Deforestation can lead to more extreme weather across the globe, endangered wildlife and impacting the livelihood of millions of people.
80% of the world’s land-dwelling plant and animal species live in forests, especially tropical rainforests. Forests also shelter many beloved creatures in the U.S., like deer, moose, and foxes. Just slightly more than a square half-mile of rainforest can be filled with more than 1,000 species, so protecting the forests means protecting countless creatures’ homes.
Every company and organization should plant at least one tree on behalf of each customer and employee they are engaged with.
Individuals could plant a tree against every 100 Sqft of household space they inhabit.
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