Climate change is devastating coral reefs, rising sea levels and displacing people across the globe. One of the best and easiest ways to mitigate the climatic and biodiversity crisis the world is facing is through the preservation and reforestation of tropical rainforests.

Plants’ Potential

Each year an estimated 18,700,000 acres of forest are lost to deforestation, which is equal to 27 soccer fields every minute. Forest restoration is the best climate change solution available today and it provides hard evidence to justify investment. If we act now, this could cut carbon dioxide in the atmosphere … to levels last seen almost a century ago.

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What Is Footprint For Life?

The Yachana “Footprint for Life” program will protect and reforest tropical forests in the Ecuador Amazon region.  To start the initiative, the Yachana Foundation, which has been operating in the Amazon of Ecuador for the past 28 years, is putting 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) of its rainforest into a trust to provide a beginning to this program. The trust will own the land and administer the funds.  One hundred square meters (approximately 1,000 square feet) of tropical rainforest will offset 2.5 tons of CO2.¹

2.7 tons per year

16.5 tons per year

In Ecuador the average carbon footprint of a person is 2.7 tons per year.

 In the United States, the average carbon footprint of a person is 16.5 tons per year.²

Carbon

Trees take up carbon from the atmosphere to use for photosynthesis, the process plants use to make food from sunlight. In forests, trees turn atmospheric carbon into wood. Conserving and restoring forests are a part of many global initiatives to reduce atmospheric carbon. In its most recent report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change indicated a 1 billion hectare (about 2.4 billion acre) increase in forests could limit global warming to 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F) by 2050.

Reforestation

To determine what kind of impact restoring forests around the globe might have on climate change, Crowther and team measured tree cover around the world with Google Earth. They zoomed in on thousands of areas around the world to characterize the tree cover and then extrapolate that data to a broader area.

Effects

In sum, the researchers assessed the tree cover of more than 78,000 square hectares of land. Then they created a model that predicts Earth’s potential forest capacity.

Cut Man-Made Carbon

Forest restoration is the best climate change solution available today and it provides hard evidence to justify investment. If we act now, this could cut carbon dioxide in the atmosphere … to levels last seen almost a century ago.

How Can You Make A Difference?

For a one-time investment of $50, a person will be able to protect 100 square meters (1,000 square feet) of rainforest for the rest of their life, and leave it to their heirs. This amount of rainforest will absorb 2.5 tons of CO2.ᵌ Depending on your carbon footprint, you can decide how many plots you want to support. 

The plot will be in the donor’s name for perpetuity and designated with GPS coordinates. This project has a multiplier effect where the funds generated through the program will allow the trust to buy and protect additional rainforest. Investing in this program will give individuals and corporations the opportunity to promote their offset of CO2 and for them to know they are doing something positive to counteract the current crisis and protect the planet.

Repay The Planet

Now is an opportunity to repay the planet. Everything we do, consume, is taken from the planet. Your Smartphone, your food, your transportation, everything, has come from the planet. Think about it for a moment. You buy a jar of honey and you are paying for the glass jar, the lid, the labor to collect and package the honey, profit – but who is “paying the bees?” It is time to repay the “loan”. The planet is in a crisis! Now, you can give back to the planet by nurturing, growing, protecting and expanding tropical rainforest and its incredible biodiversity. Participate in the “Footprint for Life” program.

Plant Trees

The analysis revealed the planet could currently support 4.4 billion hectares of forest. About 2.8 billion hectares already exist, which means more than 1.6 billion hectares are available for forest restoration. When the team excluded land already in use for urban and agricultural areas, they found there’s 0.9 billion hectares of land available for planting forests.

Reduce Carbon Footprint

If you convert that into carbon, that’s about 200 gigatonnes of carbon,” said ecologist Jean-Francois Bastin, who co-authored the new work, in an accompanying video. Globally, humans have put about 300 gigatonnes of carbon into the atmosphere to date. The findings suggest forest restoration could cut humanity’s carbon footprint by two-thirds.  “This is a beautiful thing, just to think all you have to do is just plant trees.

Protect The Earth

In sum, the researchers assessed the tree cover of more than 78,000 square hectares of land. Then they created a model that predicts Earth’s potential forest capacity.

¹ https://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/how-much-carbon-do-different-forests-store-what-size-offsets-your-driving-for-a-year.html

² https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/EN.ATM.CO2E.PC?end=2018&start=2000

Calculation:  250 tons of CO² per hectare (2.47 acres)  = 250,000 kilos of CO² ÷ 10,000 square meters per hectare = 25 kg per square meter.  The Footprint for Life program is 100 square meters (1,000 square feet) per parcel or = 2.5 tons per 100 sq. meters (1,000 square feet). 

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