Tree planting efforts estimated to offset SRS’s carbon emissions from logistics services in this region.
Did you know that every year 10 billion trees disappear? 30 percent of the earth’s land area is still covered by forests, however since humans started cutting down trees this percentage has decreased by 46 percent. Our earth loses 18.7m acres of forests annually. Human activities today are emitting record-breaking figures for global carbon emissions (CO2) released, and they are only expected to rise.
Why is this important?
Deforestation is said to be a contributing factor to global climate change because it affects global carbon cycle. The removal of trees lowers the amount of carbon stored and releases carbon dioxide into the air. At the scale that this is, nearly a billion tons of carbon is being released into the atmosphere every year.
According to the National Academy of Sciences, deforestation has decreased global vapor flows by four percent. Any changes in vapor flows affects natural weather patterns influencing our climate. In general, these effects can initiate a chain reaction causing issues for wildlife, water and soil.
What can we do?
Thankfully, there are organizations working to make a difference. The Trees for All foundation is a Netherland’s-based company focused on preventing further deforestation of our earth and assisting businesses in compensating their carbon emissions. This is being accomplished by planting trees in the Netherlands and the Kibale National Park in Uganda. This National Park has been chosen because it is currently being threatened by deforestation, and is home to 375 species.
With a corporate mission to preserve our planet, it was a natural fit for Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS) to get involved. The new collaboration between SRS and Trees for All consists of planting 1,000 trees in Europe (The Netherlands) and 1,000 trees in Uganda as part of a “1-2-Tree” project before the end of the 2019 calendar year. The Trees for All project, positively contributes to three of the UN’s global sustainable development goals:
- No Poverty: Reduction of poverty in developing countries.
- Climate Action: Reduction of global climate change.
- Life on Land: Contribution to restoring the ecosystem and retaining biodiversity.
The 1-2-Tree project plants trees in two areas: One tree in the Netherlands, and one in a forest, where the trees absorb more CO2. By planting 2,000 trees, SRS’s efforts through this project are expected to offset the company’s carbon emissions released from logistics in this region.