The climate crisis and deforestation are linked | One can't be solve without fixing the other
Climate and Forest
It’s clear that climate change and worldwide deforestation trends are inexorably intertwined. Without first solving the problem of deforestation, climate change trends can never be halted or reversed. Worldwide, over 2 billion hectares of forestation—an area larger than China and the United States combined—has been stripped or degraded. It’s estimated that this deforestation is the cause of between 12 and 14 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.
One Trillion Trees
Studies have conclusively shown that planting trees is one of the cheapest and most effective ways of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and simultaneously tackling the climate crisis. In 2018, the IPCC determined that planting 1 trillion trees would be necessary to prevent global temperatures from increasing by 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2050, the goal of the Paris Climate Agreement.
Forest are the sanctuary of life on earth | Planting trees is not an option, but our national duty
Fight Climate Change
Planting trees across the world is one of the best and cheapest ways of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. As trees grow, they absorb and store carbon dioxide in their trunks, branches, and leaves; they also release oxygen back into the atmosphere.
Over time, 1 trillion trees have the potential to recapture more than 200 gigatons of carbon, or 65 percent of all the carbon humans have pumped into the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution.
Every fire needs a spark for it to ignite and fuel for it to burn. The hot and dry conditions caused by a warmed atmosphere increase the likelihood of fires, as well as their intensity and the speed at which they spread.
As the world has warmed over the past several decades, forest fires have become larger, stronger, and more frequent than ever. The good news: planting trees are among the best ways to help nature recover!
Half of the world’s forestation has already disappeared, and only 20 percent of what remains is intact. The destruction of the world’s forests is one of the single greatest sources of carbon pollution.
Causes of deforestation vary from region to region, but the important thing they have in common is human activity, the force behind all major causes of forest destruction. Virgin timber is cut down worldwide for the raw materials to create products, and much of the logging is done to strip areas for livestock feeding or to grow non-native plants.
Trees don’t simply consume carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. Eight of every ten species of land-based wildlife—insects, marsupials, and mammals alike—live in forested areas, alongside countless species of fungi, moss, and plants. Forests and the vegetation they support provide all manner of habitat for different types of animals. Without trees, squirrels, wolves and bears would have nowhere to call home.
Trees draw carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and release oxygen. Their roots acts as water filters in the earth, absorbing it in a polluted state and slowly releasing it in a clean and fresh state.
Food-producing trees bear fruits, nuts, berries, and leaves that can be consumed by both humans and animals and thus can perpetuate good health and nutrition. The bark, leaves, and fruits of some trees provides about 25 percent of all medicines.
Forests provide enormous possibilities to improve human health conditions. The results of a vast amount of research show that forest visits promote both physical and mental health by reducing stress and anxiety.
People say they feel less stressed in forests, but it turns out that this is linked to an actual reduction in the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Forest visits can also actually strengthen the human immune system, so people don’t get sick in the first place.