Raise the Vibration with Reforestation

Reforestation, simply put, is the re-growing of trees in an area where vegetation has been lost because of human activity or natural disaster.  It is a term that thankfully is becoming more common with increasing awareness on climate science.  

Every single day, people contribute carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the atmosphere. Whether it’s by driving cars, flying on airplanes, eating meat, using lights, drying clothes in a dryer, or running on treadmills (just to name a few), we are adding emissions.  In fact, the average American household emits 49 metric tons (about 108,027 pounds) of carbon into the atmosphere each year.1 These emissions have devastating effects on the planet that no one can escape.  Plants, animals, humans, fish - every lifeform is affected by the toxicity of the increasing carbon output and depletion of resources.  Those trees in your backyard and local parks don’t just increase the value of your home by 10-20%...they are literally saving lives.  But they are not enough to offset our existing carbon problem.

Whether someone lives in a densely populated city, a rural farm town, or a nomadic van, forests are essential for survival.  One mature tree absorbs 48 pounds of CO2 per year.2  In that year, an acre of forest can absorb twice the CO2 produced by the average car’s annual emissions.  Two mature trees provide the oxygen needed for one person to breathe for a year’s time.  Not only do the trees increase oxygen and decrease the excess carbon, they naturally filter the air by removing dust, ash, pollen, and smoke.  The refreshments don’t stop there!  Since more than half of American drinking water originates in forests, it is important to note that the same mature tree filtering the air can also capture and filter up to 36,500 gallons of water per year.  

It takes a community and team of people to renew a forest so that the world can thrive from its benefits.  Even though mangrove forests absorb about three to four times more than most temperate or tropical forests, one cannot simply spread mangrove seedlings across an open field in America and expect a forest to populate.3  Scientists, environmental groups, and governments carefully undertake research and development to ensure adequate climates and landforms for the reforestation process. 

As a consumer, an easy way to offset our personal carbon footprint is through supporting environmentally-aware companies across the world that are financially backing reforestation endeavors.  For example, Eden Reforestation is partnered with over 100 businesses, all of which have committed to help fund Eden's reforestation efforts.  Eden plants, grows, and safeguards the trees through maturity securing all the reforestation benefits.4  By employing locals to plant and tend to the trees, Eden also plays an active role in empowering communities by providing jobs, purifying water sources, and replenishing eroded land needed for farming.  They say, “Everything lives where trees live,” and that truth seems like a great reason to get behind and care about reforestation.

Living in a city is no excuse to turn a blind eye to the reforestation necessities.  While it may not be feasible for everyone to stop driving cars and traveling by airplanes to reduce carbon emissions, reforestation allows us an opportunity to impact the course of climate change and bring balance to the ecosystem on which we thrive and survive.  #treesplease

References

1) The Carbon Footprint Of Daily Activities

Stephanie Pappas - https://www.livescience.com/13835-carbon-footprint-daily-activities.html

2) Forest Facts

http://www.americanforests.org/explore-forests/forest-facts/

3) Measuring the Carbon in Mangrove Forests: An Important Climate Change Consideration

http://www.audubon.org/news/measuring-carbon-mangrove-forests-important-climate-change-consideration

4) Edenprojects.org

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