Reforestation can tackle many of the world’s most pressing issues, including climate change, poverty, biodiversity, resiliency and more. Deforestation is still taking its toll on the last forests of the world, but we can turn the tide. We have approved plans to plant more than 110 million new trees on millions of hectares in Tanzania and Kenya alone. We’re developing more forestry and agroforestry projects around the world, which will:
- Absorb carbon dioxide to battle climate change;
- Defend ecosystems and biodiversity;
- Preserve local lifestyles and cultures, while promoting sustainability;
- Preserve and create habitat for wildlife; and
- Preserve watersheds and control flooding;
In some cases, reforestation can help restore ecosystems. In other places, it can green our cities–cleaning the air and cooling the air.
Elsewhere, it can enhance our agriculture regions to help provide shade for crops and livestock. Reforestation isn’t the silver bullet against climate change, but it can help us win the battle.