TREES for the Future
Over the past 29 years, TREES has planted over 155 million trees and gained experience in solving the problems people face to survive on degraded lands in more than 60 nations across Asia, Africa, and the Americas. In that time, we have gone through extensive research and developed practical solutions, requiring little or no out-of-pocket expenses from the people living on these devastated lands. These solutions help restore their degraded land to sustainable productivity.
TREES is a very reputable organization with a great deal of reforestation experience under their belt. The 2Tree team could not be more excited for this partnership and the impact we are going to make for generations to come.
The problem is we lose trees at a rate of 50 soccer fields per minute as our food systems destroy our ecosystems. Most of this degradation occurs in the developing tropics of Africa, Latin America, and South and Southeast Asia where hundreds of millions of chronically-hungry, smallholder farming families use destructive and short-sighted agricultural practices that further degrade their communities trees, soil, water and biodiversity, making them even more likely to migrate and more vulnerable to the climate changes that lie ahead.
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is now
Whether you plant trees around your home and property, in your community, or in our national forests, they help fight climate change. Through the natural process of photosynthesis, trees absorb CO2 and other pollutant particulates, then store the carbon and emit pure oxygen. See how planting trees helps fight climate change.
One big way that trees affect the air quality is through the reduction of outdoor temperatures. This results in less use of energy demanding air conditioning in warmer climates. Less demand on energy generation will result in fewer pollutants emitted, lower greenhouse gases, and ultimately a lower level of carbon in our atmosphere.
Species diversity in a forest ecosystem depends on the genetic diversity of key tree species. For example, as genetic diversity of the main tree species is lost, other species, like insects and fungi, that are specifically associated with certain trees may disappear too, leaving the whole forest ecosystem biologically impoverished.