why trees

AIR

Trees remove carbon from the atmosphere and reduce the greenhouse gas effects, all while providing us with the clean air we breath.

WATER

Trees remove carbon from the atmosphere and reduce the greenhouse gas effects, all while providing us with the clean air we breath.

BIODIVERSITY

Forests contain over 80% of the world's terrestrial biodiversity.

HEALTH

Forests are essential contributors to health products locally and globally. 1 out of 4 medicines we take are derived from either trees or plants.

ECONOMY

Over 1.6 billion people are partially reliant on forests for their daily livelihood. Less then 5% of forests are managed sustainably. 

CLIMATE

Forest play a critcal role in regulating the Earth's climate. It is estimated that forest sequester 18-20% of the carbon we produce from our atmosphere. When we cut down a tree, we release the carbon back into the atmposphere. 

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FORESTS ARE MORE THAN JUST A COLLECTION OF TREES—THEY ARE INTEGRATED ECOSYSTEMS AND HOME TO SOME OF THE MOST DIVERSE LIFE ON EARTH. THEY ARE ALSO MAJOR PLAYERS IN THE CARBON AND WATER CYCLES THAT MAKE LIFE POSSIBLE. WHEN FORESTS ARE LOST OR DEGRADED, THEIR DESTRUCTION SETS OFF A SERIES OF CHANGES THAT AFFECT LIFE BOTH LOCALLY AND AROUND THE WORLD.

LASTING EFFECTS FROM THE ONGOING DESTRUCTION OF WILDERNESS WILL BE THE MASS EXTINCTION OF SPECIES THAT PROVIDE EARTH WITH BIODIVERSITY. ALTHOUGH GREAT EXTINCTIONS HAVE OCCURRED IN THE PAST, NONE HAS OCCURRED AS RAPIDLY OR HAS BEEN SO MUCH THE RESULT OF THE ACTIONS OF A SINGLE SPECIES.