10 Fun Facts About the Environment

The environment includes everything that surrounds us, both living and non-living things. Plants, animals, soil, water, weather and climate are some examples. These elements work together as part of an integral system, where the different elements interact with each other, providing the conditions necessary for life to exist. Check out our video below or keep reading to find out more fun facts about our environment that will leave you feeling amazed!

Here are 15 amazing environmental facts

Taiga or Boreal Forest

1. THE World's largest biome

The Taiga, also known as the boreal forest, is the world's largest biome.

The Taiga houses 30% of the world's forest cover, 11% of the Earth's landmass and stretches from Scotland to Newfoundland, via Russia and Canada!

Temperate Rainforest


Did you know that rainforests aren't all tropical? 

The are several types of forests around world and temperate rainforests are one of them. Some examples of where they can be found are the Pacific Northwest, Japan, New Zealand and Ireland

Recycling Paper

3. RECYCLING 1 TON OF paper  

Recycling is a great way for individuals to help save the planet.

Recycling paper has a significant positive impact on the environment, equivalent to saving: 17 trees, 2 barrels of oil, 
3.2 cubic yards of landfill and 60lbs of air pollution!

Sea water


97% of the earth's water is actually salt water found in the oceans.

While about 3% of the earth's water is fresh, less than 1% of fresh water actually usable - 2.5% of the earth's supply of fresh water is unavailable to human beings (ie. too far under the surface, locked up in glaciers, highly polluted, etc.).



Fungi are earth's environmental managers! Without them, all life in the forest would be buried under layers of dead matter.

They not only decompose dead matter, but also break down rocks and even help to absorb oil spills and radiation.

Through the decomposition process, fungi release nutrients into the soil, which are needed for plants to grow and thrive.

Ocean Thermal Energy


Yes, we can source energy from the ocean! Ocean thermal energy is a new technology that produces energy by harnessing the different temperatures (thermal gradients) between the deep ocean and the ocean surface. 

Many countries have started to experiment with ocean thermal energy regulation as a source of renewable energy.


7. Plant-Based Road Salt Alternative

Beet juice can be used on roads instead of salt as a deicer: it freezes at -20ºC rather than -5ºC and is less harmful to the environment.

Salt-based deicers are not only harmful to vehicles and infrastructures, but excess salt from roadways can also flow into freshwater and disturb local ecosystems.

Beet juice on the other hand, is considered to be an eco-friendly winder road management solution! 

Aluminum cans


Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV for 3 hours! 

Aluminum is the most recyclable materials in the recycling bin, as well as one of the most recycled materials!

Aluminum can be recycled back to its original form and has a cost-effective recycling process, where it more than pays for its recycling costs and saves 90% more energy than sourcing new aluminum. 

Sahara Desert Winds


Despite the fact that the Sahara and the Amazon Rainforest are miles apart, they share millions of tons of dust.

Dust carried from the wind of the Saharan Desert help to fertilize the Amazon Basin, which is the world's most biodiverse ecosystem!  

In reality, it's not actually the dust, but the nutrients that it carries, especially phosphorus - which is a key nutrient for plants to grow and survive.

Strangler Fig at Ta Prohm

10. THE Ozone Layer will be Fully-healed BY 2069

The UN's Environment Agency (UNEP) has declared that the ozone layer, the planet's protective shield of gas, is on track to heal completely in our lifetime.

The recovery was made possible due to the phaseout of ozone-depleting substances, showing that if humans work together, we can really save the planet!

Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most

Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most

As the need for reforestation is global and ever-changing, we feature where trees are most needed now. Today, we're raising funds to jumpstart forest fire recovery in British Columbia. Learn more

With your help, we will:

  • Restore landscapes damaged by a historic season of wildfires
  • Create habitat for iconic biodiversity like the moose and grizzly bear
  • Support old-growth management areas to maintain complex ecosystems
  • This reforestation initiative is helping to restore the landscape in British Columbia after the Hanceville fire burned over 590,000 acres in 2017 and natural regeneration has not occurred. The fire has impacted the forest, soils, riparian ecosystems, wildlife, and water quality. Local indigenous communities have seen their ability to hunt and gather food drastically altered. But your support will go a long way! The goal of planting trees here is to not only re-establish a healthy forest, but also to plant species that will be resilient in the face of climate change. Thank you so much for your support of healthy forests! 🌲
  • Planting trees will catalyze the process of returning the area to a forested state. Newly planted trees will begin the process of sequestering atmospheric carbon, and over time improve the hydrological benefits of the forest. The ecosystems that have been greatly simplified by extreme fire conditions will once again become complex ecosystems, This project will also create habitat for many local wildlife species including mule deer, moose, black and grizzly bear, wolves, sandhill cranes, various raptors, songbirds, and small mammals.
  • A personalized tree certificate (see gallery) to say thanks for your donation. We'll also send you updates about this project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
  • B.C.'s rich forest diversity includes more than 40 different species of native trees, with some of Canada’s most interesting and valuable tree species. In this project, we made efforts to maximize species diversity, including the following species: Douglas-fir, lodgepole pine, hybrid spruce, ponderosa pine, trembling aspen.

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