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Deforestation

Deforestation

The forest

Forests, which cover 30%of the planet surface, play a vital role for the survival and the well-being of the 7 billions inhabitants of the planet and biodiversity protection. They are source of food, medication and clean water. They take part in carbon sequestration, flooding control and protection against soils erosion and desertification. Finally, they are essential to fight against climate change. Forests shelter more than 80% of animal species, plants and insects of the planet (source from the UN). According to the FAO, 300 million of people live in the forests or in the surroundings and more than 1.6 billion people depend on the forests to live at some different degrees.

Deforestation

However, despite those precious green, economic and social advantages, men are destroying the forests disproportionately whereas they are essential to life. Deforestation worldwide continues alarmingly: 13 million hectares of forests are destroyed each year. Deforestation is responsible for 12 to 20% of world greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to global warming.

Our association ‘ Free Spirit ’ launches its program “re-green the planet”, a reforestation program all over the world. Inspired by the Kenyan Nobel Prized environmental activist’s work, Wangari Maathai, who planted 3 million trees during 30 years, the Free Spirit thus joins the world effort of all the organizations and all the committed citizens in the reforestation of our beautiful planet, this initiative should be imperatively along with a way of life more respectful of nature for each individual living on our planet.

Photo on top and on the right by Sonja Saur photography of the Free Spirit collective

The situation

Forests currently cover about 30 percent of the world’s landmass, according to National Geographic.

The consequences

The Earth loses 18.7 million acres of forests per year, which is equal to 27 soccer fields every minute.

Key figures

It is estimated that 15 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions come from deforestation, according to the WWF.

Les chiffres clés

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Animal species

70% of our world’s plant and animal species live in forests.
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Loss

In 2016, global tree cover loss reached a record of 29.7 million hectares.
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Threatened species

Up to 28,000 species can go extinct in the next quarter century due to deforestation

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Daily actions

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The Essence of Life : Deforestation

Forests currently cover about 30 percent of the world’s landmass, according to National Geographic, and we must protect it.

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