Greenpop teaches kids about the importance of trees and reforestation

Deforestation in Africa

With deforestation, less than 30 percent of Africa’s rainforests still exist

According to the United Nations Environment Programme, the world has lost 80 percent of the forests that originally blanketed the earth. Since trees are the largest source of breathable oxygen and carbon storage, that’s a huge deficit we’ve created.

Deforestation in Africa is a critical issue. Logging and conversion of forest land to agriculture are the main culprits.  According to figures from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, only 22.8 percent of West Africa’s moist forests remain, much of this degraded.
Education and planting trees to reverse deforestation are the goals of the non-profit Greenpop, which was founded in 2010 as an effort to educate underprivileged schoolchildren about the importance of protecting the planet. It’s become o a movement backed by thousands of volunteers who’ve “joined the “treevolution”” and are helping facilitate the planting of over 40,00 trees in 286 communities throughout Southern Africa.

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New book shows Humans and Nature are interdependent

What Has Nature Ever Done for Us coverHumans need Nature to survive and thrive. Too often we treat Nature as a commodity, exploiting, polluting and destroying it in our unfailing drive towards “progress”.

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An orangutan speaks up about rainforest destruction

Palm oil is one of the ingredients in a wide variety of our everyday foods. Few of us think much about it, yet where it comes from and its impact on our environment is huge.

Palm plantations are being created at the expense of rainforests, which are decimated in order to keep up with the global demand for palm oil. The impact of this effects biodiversity and, even more importantly, the wildlife that live and depend on these beautiful, old growth natural wonders.

Here is a moving video that brings it all home in its simplicity. If you take anything away from viewing it, it’s that being aware of what’s in the food you eat means something, is connected to the natural (or unnatural) order of things and that what you buy matters.

Celebrate International Day of Forests today

International Day of the Forest poster

A view of the Amazon rainforest, photo by Violeta Villacorta

What better way to celebrate the magnificence of trees! They help protect the earth, clean its air and give homes to so many of Nature’s creatures.  International Day of Forests, a global celebration designated by  the United Nations General Assembly, is meant to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and of trees outside forests.

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Sustainable Singapore balances building and Nature

Singapore's Forest Walk is part of their continuing success to green the island-nation

With a population of over 4.4 million, Singapore is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Known at various times throughout its history as The Little Red Dot, the Lion City, and the City in the Garden, this tropical island city-state covers less than 300 square miles, over ten percent of which is land reclaimed from the sea.

Juxtaposed to this crowded urban area is also over 2,000 plant varieties, 57 types of mammals, 98 types of reptiles, and 25 varieties of amphibians. Hundreds of bird and butterfly species migrate there each year and one-third of the world’s hard coral reefs are found in its surrounding waters. The natural diversity that is Singapore includes rainforests, freshwater swamp forests, mangrove forests, and coastal forests.

To discover the amazing success of Singapore’s green efforts, see the full article at http://bit.ly/A18uHL.

Celebrate Arbor Day – creative opportunities to help plant trees

Seventy percent of the Earth’s land animals and plants live in forests. Yet, According to the World Resources Institute, more than 80 percent of our world’s natural forests  have already been destroyed. Since rainforests generate rainfall in other drought-prone areas of the world, their destruction in areas of west Africa may have caused two decades of droughts in the interior of Africa, along with severe hardship and famine.

Want to help re-tree the planet? There are a few great ways to help.

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