“Encouraging though the progress made to date has been, it remains the case that many of the world’s largest companies – and their financial backers – pay scant , by which I really mean no, attention to the deforestation footprint of their supply chains.” The Prince of Wales, COP21 Paris December 2015.
- Trees take up Carbon Dioxide and release Oxygen – great for climate change as they lock in carbon and we get the benefit of the oxygen. When trees are cut down or burnt they release the carbon back into the atmosphere. Deforestation accounts for 18% of our Green House Gas (GHG) emissions.
- Habitat for many species – woodlands provide a rich and varied habitat for hundreds of thousands of creatures. Not only do they provide a great home within a forest, if they are near a river, they act as a barrier to chemical sprays and trap nitrates and phosphates therefore improving the quality of the water which in turn provides a richer home for water wildlife.
- Reduce the impacts of floods – trees play an important role in water management. They provide stability of soil making it more difficult for a river to erode away great chunks of river banks. They also suck up plenty of water making wetter areas less so.
- Wellbeing of mankind – who doesn’t like to go for a walk through the woods? Forests are a great place for all sorts of recreation, camping, climbing, mountain biking, horse riding, bird watching, paint balling, walking – the list is endless.
- Wood as a valuable resource – look around you and you will no doubt find many items made from wood – window frames, table, chairs, curtain rail, book shelves, doors. Wood has many useful properties which makes it great for making furniture, construction, fencing and biofuel. Over recent years the price of timber has increased making it an interesting market place to get into if you have a few acres to plant.
5 Ways to save a forest
- Plant your own wood – If you have some space available to you, why not plant your own wood. You can watch it grow and develop over the years and many people find this a very satisfying thing to do. If you don’t have your own land, why not explore your local area and see if you can put in a community scheme. Packs are available from the link here. http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees/in-your-community/
- Sponsor a tree or many trees – why not buy you company, yourself or a good friend a gift of a tree that someone else has planted. Try this link http://www.e4environment.co.uk/sponsor-a-tree/ or go to our eBay page. This is a great opportunity for you to do something fantastic for the environment and your friendship. The tree is tagged with your name, you get a certificate giving all the details of the tree and its location and you get updates on its progress.
- Check your supply chain – If you buy or sell anything that contains wood, ask your supplier a few questions about where the wood was from. Make an effort to look for products made from a sustainable wood supply. There are various labelling schemes, such as those run by the Forest Stewardship Council®(FSC®) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), which show that a product has come from a sustainably managed source.
- Recycle paper – if you don’t do it already, start today.
- 1 ton of uncoated virgin (non-recycled) printing and office paper uses 24 trees
- 1 ton of 100% virgin (non-recycled) newsprint uses 12 trees
- 1 ton of coated, higher-end virgin magazine paper (used for magazines like National Geographic and many others) uses a little more than 15 trees (15.36)
- 1 ton of coated, lower-end virgin magazine paper (used for news magazines and most catalogues) uses nearly 8 trees (7.68)
- Sing a song about them – a good way to let the World know how we feel about trees.
The line “They took all the trees, and put ’em in a tree museum / And charged the people a dollar and a half just to see ’em” refers to Foster Botanical Garden in downtown Honolulu, which is a living museum of tropical plants, some rare and endangered. Joni Mitchell – Big Yellow Taxi