WHY WE ARE PLANTING TREES AND WHY FORESTS ARE IMPORTANT?
We care about our planet. We fight against climate change. We plant trees for carbon offset.
Climate change is one of the biggest threats to humankind in the 21st century. It has already altered the Earth’s ecological and geological systems. We only have one planet to live and it’s going through some rough changes because we’re all adding carbon dioxide (CO2) to the atmosphere. Damage caused to the Earth will only worsen if we won’t start to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.
There are many ways to do that. One of the most important is via sustainable living – consuming things we actually need and using them throughout their lifecycle, not simply replacing something every time a new thing comes out. We must give up fast fashion and similar movements in furnishing and home decorating, buy food we actually eat, reduce the amount of plastic we use, turn off the lights after leaving the room, consume products which are produced locally and not transported from the other side of the world, recycle our waste, etc.
However, this alone won’t save us and there’s much more that should be done. Besides a sustainable way of living, we have chosen to participate in tree planting as forests represent one of the largest and most cost-effective climate solutions available today, according to scientists.
“It is now time that we work together. We combine our forces, old and young, rich and poor; and together, we can plant a trillion trees …”– In February 2011, then-13-year-old Felix Finkbeiner addressed the United Nations in a speech to open the International Year of Forests 2011
Trees purify the atmosphere by absorbing carbon dioxide (CO2), storing carbon (C), and releasing oxygen (O2). Trees are considered nature’s most efficient “carbon sinks” and the lungs of the Earth. Trees play a vital role in the fight against climate change. Afforestation creates a carbon sink, drawing in and holding on to carbon and then distributing it into the soil. Afforestation can draw down carbon while supporting biodiversity. This has a positive effect on the climate, the soil conditions, and the water supply while providing new opportunities for local wildlife. Approximately 80% of terrestrial biodiversity is supported by forests. Forests, if managed properly, provide food, energy, shelter, income, and employment.
We plant more trees every year than we use to craft rahusofas. For every birch tree we harvest, we plant 200 to 300 new trees. Of this, approximately 50 trees should mature if the forest is properly managed. This does not mean that the remaining trees will die – it’s most likely that some will, but other trees will simply be removed as a part of proper forest management. They will then be used to create additional value products for green energy production or new paper making, etc. This way we contribute to the reduction of our ecological footprint and achieving climate neutrality.
We’ll plant trees ourselves. This ensures that the money from every sofa seat goes straight into the ground and a forest of brand-new trees. This way we’re contributing to a forest, not the administrative fees of some eco-friendly organization. That’s not to say that these organizations aren’t important, but they aren’t our way. We want to have a direct impact.