Why plant trees?

4 billion: that is how many years it took for the Earth to create trees, which are majestic and fascinating, all while remaining fragile.

3 trillion: that is how many trees there currently are on Planet Earth.

In the space of around 40 years, 1/5 of the primary forest in the Amazon has been destroyed, causing unprecedented environmental imbalances, chasing countless species from their habitats, depleting land and destroying biodiversity. Why? To allow human beings to fulfil needs related to today’s world.

The world’s total forest area has been reduced by 40% over the past three centuries*, and every year, 13 million hectares of forest – the equivalent of Portugal – continue to disappear.

Forests play a variety of roles,  such as regulating the climate, contributing to the water cycle, protecting and maintaining soil quality, serving as a habitat for many different plant and animal species, acting as a rich and crucial biodiversity reserve and providing food and building materials for humans. These multifaceted roles make forests key to preserving the earth’s ecological balance.

*European Commission, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity, 2010