Trees do so much for us! They sequester carbon, filter and absorb air pollutants, provide wildlife habitat, and much more. Forests are essential pillars of terrestrial life,connecting countless communities across the globe. But deforestation has taken a toll over the past few decades, primarily for commercial harvesting, development, and now increasingly due to the impacts of climate change.
Global forest cover fell below four billion hectares in 2015 for the first time in human history. This loss of forests affects everything from wildlife and ecosystems to weather patterns and the water cycle. Forests, which cover 30% of Earth’s surface, are critically important to just about every aspect of nature, wildlife, and even people.More than 80% of terrestrial biodiversity lives in forests!
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to make a positive impact. Our favorite? Plant more trees! Reforestation can restore damaged ecosystems, stabilize soil, support the water cycle, and slowly recover nature for many years to come. Planting trees supports all 27 of the United Nation's sustainable development goals. When you plant a tree, you're making an impact for good that will last a lifetime.
Trees help to stabilize our climate by absorbing and sequestering carbon via photosynthesis. In fact, one mature tree can sequester up to 48 lbs of carbon per year!
1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihood, including tree planters! So planting trees naturally brings people together, heals communities, and stimulates local economies.
Trees provide food, shade, and shelter for 1/2 of the world’s terrestrial flora and fauna and 3/4 of all birds. Iconic species like the wolf rely on their forest ecosystem to thrive and reproduce.