Forests & Climate Change

Why our work matters:

In 2015, world leaders agreed to tackle climate change and limit global warming to below the critical threshold of 2°C by 2050, the target required to limit the worst effects of climate change. One important action step toward this goal involves protecting our forests. Forests are the lungs of our planet, and their health is essential for addressing climate change.

The world’s forests are responsible for approximately one quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions. However, if better managed, forests can provide more than a third of the carbon reductions needed to keep warming well below 2°C.

Why Forests Matter

Forests are essential to life on Earth. Home to multitudes of animals and plants, more than nine out of ten species found on land live in forests.

Some of the various functions of forests include:

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Make rainfall and filter freshwater

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Provides subsidence, fuelwood and medicines

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Protect biodiversity and supports livelihoods

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Regulate water flows

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Protects coastal communities from extreme events and sea level rise

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Regulates Ecosystems

Most importantly, forests purify the air we breathe by storing vast amounts of carbon and releasing oxygen

Forests play a key role in the global carbon cycle by serving as both a cause and a solution for greenhouse gas emissions. The trees within forests absorb carbon as they grow, and they emit carbon as they age or are cut down. Forests are also one of the most important solutions to addressing the effects of climate change. Every year, forests absorb approximately 2.6 billion tons of carbon dioxide, one-third of the CO2 released from burning fossil fuels.

Forests are the lungs of our Planet yet we are losing them at an extremely alarming rate.

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Around 25% of global emissions come from the land sector, the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions after the energy sector.

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Deforestation and forest degradation are the largest sources of CO2 emissions after the combined emissions from all cars, trucks, planes, trains, and ships in the world.

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If no action is taken 230 million hectares of forest will disappear by 2050.

Global Warming threatens our health, our economy, our natural recourses and our children’s future.

It is clear we must act.