Denver PR Firm Promoting Forest Conservation
Deforestation is directly responsible for about 20 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to the carbon released when forests are burned, deforestation cripples the planet’s capacity to filter harmful CO2 from our air, which compounds the greenhouse effect, global warming, climate change and extreme weather. The good news is that forest conservation and reforestation are part of the solution.
If all carbon emissions stopped today, our climate problems will continue to intensify because of existing carbon levels in the atmosphere. Energy conservation and renewable energy are critical, but we need carbon-capture strategies to help restore balance to our atmosphere and ecosystems.
Energy conservation, renewable energy and sustainable agriculture are all part of the solution, but we need proven carbon capture strategies to help restore balance to our atmosphere. We need forests more than ever. Trees and forests are known as carbon sinks because they can capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air, return the oxygen to the atmosphere and store the carbon for centuries. Trees and forests can absorb some of the carbon dioxide that we all produce in our daily lives at home and work.
Unfortunately, the industrial age has deforested many regions of the world and the remaining forests are under siege. We can reverse the trend now by demanding forest conservation and replanting as much land as possible.
The biggest cause of deforestation is agriculture – including commercial livestock and major crops such as palm oil and soy. Small-scale farmers also play a role. Mining, hydroelectricity and other infrastructure projects are taking a toll. A new report by the United Nations Environment Programme says that protecting East Africa’s mountain ecosystems would safeguard the lives of millions of people and iconic endangered species.
“Across the continent, the damage done to these ecosystems is depriving people of the basic building blocks of life,” said Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment agency.
He said Mt. Kilimanjaro was an example of how climate change was severely damaging Africa’s mountains and the people who depend on them. Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest in Africa, contributes to more than a third of Tanzania’s revenue from tourism but is facing several problems, ranging from shrinking glaciers to rampant wildfires. As climate change intensifies, it is essential that governments act swiftly to prevent more harm and more downward momentum. The report urges Tanzania to protect the mountain’s water catchment area by reforestation, investing in early warning systems and making climate adaptation a top priority.
Thousands of community stakeholders across East Africa are ready to act now. They can help us all fight global climate change, while defending critical ecosystems in Tanzania, Kenya and beyond. With the help of foundations, corporations, governments, NGOs and donors, we can conserve existing forests and plant more than 100 million new trees in Tanzania. We will plant millions of more trees, as part of comprehensive sustainability programs in Burundi, DR Congo, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. It’s one of the largest carbon capture projects on the planet today.
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