At Raintees, we are passionate about our cause and dedicated to our mission. But why trees? With issues like drought, malnutrition, civil war and economic collapse facing us from all corners of the globe it seems like there are countless causes we could get behind. Here in the USA we just experienced the hottest summer in recorded history. The Arctic ice caps are melting at an astonishing rate and according to the EPA, the national air quality has decreased 28% since 1980.
Well, it turns out that keeping our forests intact and reforesting areas that have been destroyed could provide viable solutions to every single one of the major issues we face.
The ACEER Foundation – an environmental non-profit RainTees partners with believes that if we continue to deforest the Amazon at todays rate, we will loose 70% of what is currently there by the year 2050. And seeing as the Amazon houses half of the world’s plant and animal populations, the destruction of this natural environment will lead to a severe decrease in biodiversity and even jeopardize our ability to survive on this planet.
Over the years trees have been pushed aside and devalued to allow for development of infrastructure and the increasing need for energy. However, this deforesting trend has greatly decreased our quality of air and life.
As we continue to see record-breaking temperatures around the world, and heat related death, it may be time to question what changes are causing these increases. In an article by Kaid Benfield entitled, What trees mean to communities: more than you may think he brings up numerous facts on the positive effect that trees can have on an environment. One of the facts includes, “The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.” As the Amazon and trees around the world are cut down, the natural air conditioners within our societies are being destroyed as well. This can’t help but to lead to noticeably higher temperatures, and more extreme conditions.
The quality of air we breathe should also be a huge concern of ours as well as ozone levels continue to decrease. However it does not have to be that way. According to Benfield, one acre of forest puts out four tons of oxygen for every six tons of carbon dioxide it takes in. Without this natural cycle we are left with staggeringly high CO2 levels, and a decrease in air quality. The dust within the air also has a huge effect on our ability to breathe with ease, and Benfield quotes one study that states, “stands of trees reduced particulates by 9 to 13 percent, and the amount of dust reaching the ground was 27 to 42 percent less under a stand of trees than in an open area.” Trees are our natural filters, and play a crucial role in our health daily.
As a result of new research the Rainforest Alliance announced that half of Earth’s natural forests are already gone. At RainTees we are not willing to just sit back and allow this destruction to continue. In our short history we have teamed up with Trees of the Future and other wonderful organizations to plant over 20,000 trees around the world, and we work every day to increase that number. We are also passionate about raising the awareness on the impact that deforestation is having globally. We see this as one of our planet’s most pressing issues, and we are dedicated to fighting every single day for it. When we keep ecosystems intact we can create ways to sustainably harvest their natural resources, providing food, jobs and homes. So much violence and so many wars are fought over natural resources and the more trees we destroy the more violence there will continue to be. Trees protect the small amounts of clean water we have left on earth, they filter soil, prevent flooding, erosion and other natural disasters and can provide food sources when managed correctly.
If you would like to work along with us to plant more trees and protect our worlds last remaining forests please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how to get involved.