Restoring an Ailing Eco-System: Ten Tree Reforestation Project
Forests cover 31% of the land area on our planet. They produce vital oxygen and provide homes for people and wildlife. Many of the world’s most threatened and endangered animals live in forests, and 1.6 billion people rely on benefits forests offer, including food, fresh water, clothing, traditional medicine and shelter.
But forests around the world are under threat from deforestation, jeopardizing these benefits. Deforestation comes in many forms, including fires, clear-cutting for agriculture, ranching and development, unsustainable logging for timber, and degradation due to climate change. This impacts people’s livelihoods and threatens a wide range of plant and animal species. Some 46-58 million square miles of forest are lost each year—equivalent to 36 football fields every minute.
Forests play a critical role in mitigating climate change because they act as a carbon sink—soaking up carbon dioxide that would otherwise be free in the atmosphere and contribute to ongoing changes in climate patterns. Deforestation undermines this important carbon sink function. It is estimated that 15% of all greenhouse gas emissions are the result of deforestation.
Deforestation is a particular concern in tropical rainforests because these forests are home to much of the world’s biodiversity. For example, in the Amazon around 17% of the forest has been lost in the last 50 years, mostly due to forest conversion for cattle ranching. Deforestation in this region is particularly rampant near more populated areas, roads and rivers, but even remote areas have been encroached upon when valuable mahogany, gold and oil are discovered.
Reforestation is the natural or intentional restocking of existing forests and woodlands that have been depleted, usually through deforestation. Reforestation can be used to improve the quality of human life by soaking up pollution and dust from the air, rebuild natural habitats and ecosystems, mitigate global warming since forests facilitate biosequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide, and harvest for resources, particularly timber.
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Ten Tree is a clothing organization with a mission to protect the world that we play in! They are a family of friends who love interacting with the environment and pushing the limits on this gorgeous playing field that we are blessed with.
Ten Tree ensures that all trees planted are among the local species that grow in the area and will not have an adverse effect on the local environment. Whether this means planting sugar cane and moringa trees in Haiti to prevent sheet water erosion or the Juniper trees of Ethiopia, Ten Tree has ensured that with each site, the utmost care has been taken to plant local, sustainable species. Because of the precautions taken, these trees will grow strong and healthy long into the future.
Reforestation and tree planting is not an easy process. In many locations, labour is difficult to come by, the native plant species are dying out, environmental conditions are harsh, and close care must be taken to ensure the survival of the trees. Ten Tree employs experts in forestry and has partnered with several organizations that have local expertise in order to take part in some of the most innovative reforestation and planting projects in the world. These reforestation projects do not simply plant trees; they provide long-term employment, restore ailing eco-systems, support sustainable communities and provide the local population with independence.
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Ten Trees will be planted for every piece of Clothing purchased in order to keep our air and earth clean, utilize unproductive land, increase biodiversity, and give us a better world to play in!