Why We Plant Trees
Forests are incredibly important for the well-being of people and the planet, but they are under attack for agricultural and land development usage. Many forest ecosystems are being destroyed by fires exacerbated by the effects of drought brought on by global warming. Reforestation is seen as a key natural solution to deforestation. Other than avoiding emissions in the first place, reforestation is recognized as the simplest way to offset emissions. The scale of deforestation is such that corporate intervention is necessary to address the issue and prevent the worst effects of global warming from causing irreversible damage to the planet. Business has a crucial role to play in accelerating progress through operational initiatives, financial commitments, employee networks, consumer-facing platforms, and high-level influence. Everyone can make a vital contribution to the environment by reducing emissions and offsetting those which cannot be removed.
The Lungs Of The Planet
Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and release oxygen into the atmosphere during a process known as photosynthesis. Trees are only able to absorb CO² from the atmosphere when they are alive. Once they are cut down, left to rot, or burned down, the carbon dioxide stored in the trees is released into the atmosphere. According to ScientificAmerican.com ‘deforestation in tropical rainforests adds more CO² to the atmosphere than the combined total of cars and trucks on the world’s roads.’ Many organizations, including our Tree Planting Partners Eden, are working tirelessly to increase the rate of reforestation for environmental and humanitarian reasons. Reforestation is shown to provide many benefits for us and the environment.