All around the world, trees are either being knocked down for commercial reasons, for agriculture, burned down from fires, or taken out by natural disasters. Just last week we were talking about the fires in Australia and how much land was ruined from that. Trees are so important to our ecosystem. Not only do they purify the air, water and soil, but we as humans could not exist without trees. A mature leafy tree produces as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year. This is why reforestation is so important. We need trees to live and breath.
So, what is reforestation?
By definition, Reforestation is the natural or intentional restocking of existing forests and woodlands that have been depleted, usually through deforestation. In layman’s terms, reforestation is the act of re-growing trees.
What is the problem?
Deforestation has caused many problems. Deforestation is the clearing of forests to have the land for other uses. Not only has it depreciated our environment and wildlife as a whole, it has also affected human beings with all the constant weather changes. Even though deforestation affects us, humans continue to cut down trees at an alarming rate. Unfortunately, sometimes trees are cut down for survival. Some cut the wood to keep warm or to use the land cleared to grow crops to feed their family and community. Deforestation varies by country and its not all done for selfish reasons.
Some of the issues that have affected us from deforestation are soil erosion, soil destruction, reduction in the quality of life, loss of biodiversity and species extinction, flooding, global warming and climate change and the effects on the native people.
Our partnership with Eden Reforestation Projects
We have partnered with Eden Reforestation Projects to replant trees in Ethiopia, Madagascar, Haiti and Nepal. They are a non profit with a vision to plant 500 million trees a year by 2025. They want to provide jobs for those who do not have any and they want to rebuild what has been lost. In Nepal, 25% of the population are living below the poverty line and about 70% are dependent on forest structure. There is only 10% of original forest left in Madagascar and a slim 2% of Haiti’s land is forested. Since 2005, Eden has employed over 3,500 local villagers to plant healthy and abundantly growing forest systems. They are making a true statement to end extreme poverty economically. The picture provided below from Eden, is a great representation of how replanting forests has a huge impact on humans.
As you can see, the restoration of trees is good for all living things. Animals habitats are restored and our current climate change has one way of getting back to ‘normal’. Our farmers are also able to grow their food and some extreme poverty situations decrease. Since they began this non profit organization has planted over 250 million trees around the world, specifically in Ethiopia, Madagascar, Nepal, Haiti, Indonesia and Mozambique.
Is there a solution?
In order to somewhat fix the deforestation problem there are a couple of factors. Most of those whom are suffering from deforestation are living in extreme poverty. In an effort to help them, a non profit such as Eden should work with the local villages to get the reforestation process up and running. Funding is also an important part of reforestation because without big businesses or donors, none of it would be possible.
In one of the countries that we are helping grow trees in, they are planting mangroves. Mangroves are small trees or shrubs that grow along the coastal line. Eden has been very successful with mangroves in Madagascar and is now working in on mangrove restoration in Haiti. So what is so special about trees on the coast line? The mangrove forest and coral reefs work together to make sure there is a nice habitat for the fish that within the area. When there is a lack of mangrove forest, the fish leave to find a habitat elsewhere. In comparison, when there is not an abundance of fish coral reefs cannot survive in the given state. It is like the circle of life here, everyone and things needs each other in order to survive.
So, with the mangrove reforestation, hopefully the foundation that plans to restore coral reefs, can work hand in hand together to restore this ecosystem.
Our direct Impact
With each ecozoi purchase you make, you are planting a tree. To date in partnership with Eden Reforestation Projects, we have planted 36,345 trees over the last 3 years and counting. As our company grows we plan to contribute more funds to grow more trees across the world. Eden has a goal of 500 million per year within the next 5 years and we are proud to be able to contribute to that number. We aim to continue the great work taking place and thank you all for your support. Without our customers and supporters it would not have been possible to get to where we are today. We are just as passionate about making our world a better place with the reforestation of trees as we are with reducing plastic use.