Why is Reforestation So Important & How are We Doing Our Part?
Every year we lose more and more of the world’s forests. According to the World Bank, between 1990 and 2016, over half a million square miles of forest were destroyed, an area twice the size of Texas. While 30% of the globe’s land area is still covered by forests, we cannot afford to go on cutting down trees at this alarming rate.
Why Do We Need Forests?
Trees produce oxygen – they take in carbon dioxide and convert it back into the air we breathe. They are our opposite, and we all need them. In fact, each of us need approximately seven or eight trees to provide the oxygen each of us needs to breathe in a year. With 7.67 billion on the planet, that’s a lot of necessary trees and vegetation.
Forests also play a vital part in the fight against climate change, serving as a carbon sink and soaking up carbon dioxide that would otherwise contribute to this global problem. The World Resources Institute believes that tropical tree cover, alone, can provide 23% of the climate mitigation required in the next 10 years to meet the goals set in the Paris Agreement in 2015. They also protect our watersheds and help the land retain water.
Many animals, plants, fungi and bacteria rely on forests. Some 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity lives in forests. Over 54 million people have a job either directly or indirectly related to forests, and 300 million of us live in forests.
Some of this deforestation has produced productive farmland, but much is ripe for cost-effective reforestation. There is also a lot of evidence to suggest that this productive farmland is now used for meat production, which further contributes to global warming. Productive, but not a good trade-off for climate-change fighting trees.
There may be more than 770 million square miles spread around the world that would benefit from reforestation. The trees planted would sequester 3 gigatons of carbon dioxide every year, over half of all the CO2 produced in the US from 2017 statistics.
What is Reforestation?
Reforestation is the natural or intentional replanting of forests that have been depleted, usually by large-scale deforestation for commercial gain.
Many organisations are working tirelessly to repair the damage to our environment. This includes education, the planting of millions of trees and the protection of forested areas
Governments worldwide have realised the problem and are devoting resources to help, introducing strict policies to help minimise further losses and speed up the reforestation processes. It is a global problem and needs a global response. Hopefully, they have acted in time.
One Tree Planted
One Tree Planted is a non-profit, environmental charity dedicated to one thing: planting trees. They head-up schemes in North America, Latin America, Asia, Australia and Africa and are doing great things to save our planet.
At The Organic Boutique, we put the planet first in all our thinking. This is why we are proud to be partnered with One Tree Planted, they really are doing extraordinary work.
Why We’re Partnering
One Tree Planted recently announced a new project to plant up to one million trees to help Australia recover from the devastating bushfires that have laid waste to so much of their forests. In another scheme, as part of Nestle SA’s drive to become carbon neutral by 2050, they are helping the Swiss food group in their efforts to help reforestation. They plan to plant at least three million trees across Mexico and Brazil in just 18 months.
A further move involves a partnership with Better Place Forests to plant $1 million worth of protected memorial trees to honour the fallen frontline heroes of the COVID-19 crisis. For each tree reserved, 25-400 impact trees will be planted in areas affected by deforestation or forest fire.
The Organic Boutique is excited to be involved with such a great organisation. One Tree Planted is making a real difference to our world, not just for us but for our children and our children’s children, but all the generations to come. We truly believe in putting the planet first in everything we do, and that’s why you’ll find all the organic products and information you need to live a healthy lifestyle and contribute to the bettering of our planet.