WHEN WE STAND FOR TREES, WE STAND FOR STOPPING CLIMATE CHANGE
Every Stand for Trees purchase prevents at least half a tonne of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.
We can’t stop climate change without saving tropical forests.
Not only are they beautiful, rich, and diverse, but they store millions of tons of carbon. In fact, worldwide, forests store more carbon than the atmosphere.
But it’s not just because trees store carbon in their trunks, leaves, and roots: forest soils can also store as much carbon as the trees themselves. That’s because a forest is far more than just a bunch of trees: it’s wildlife, plants, insects, other living things, and even dead trees and animals. All of these work together to enrich the soil and the ecosystem, and all in all, they make the forest much more than the sum of its parts. Research has even shown that carbon storage is much lower in managed forests, or in plantations, compared to natural forests.
And that’s with the forest standing. Imagine what would happen without it.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly where we’re headed. Deforestation is causing emissions of 3 billion tonnes of carbon a year on average, more than all cars and trucks on the planet combined. Over the last two years, we’ve been losing 40 football fields of tropical forests every minute.
But this means that if we can stop tropical deforestation, we can prevent a lot of that from being emitted. That’s especially important right now, because we’re not doing nearly enough to stop climate change. Despite the Paris Agreement, we have made very little progress in cutting emissions. Instead, we’re likely to miss our targets.
To make matters worse, not doing enough now means that we’ll have to take much more drastic action later – or that we could go past a point of no return. Not only will it be much harder to do it all at once, but the longer we wait, the worse the impacts will be. And we’ll be much less likely to be successful: some estimates say we only have ~6 years left at current emissions before we’ll no longer be able to keep warming beneath 1.5oC.
But tropical forests can help to buy us the time we need. Ending deforestation could meet up to one-third of the short-term needs of the Paris Agreement, lowering the entire world’s emissions pathway and improving our ability to adapt. That’s why we like to call them a safety net for the climate.
As regular people, we often feel powerless waiting for policymakers and corporations to wake up. Even when they do, they move far too slowly: national and international programs to address deforestation have been in development for years. Meanwhile, we keep losing forests.
With Stand For Trees, you don’t have to wait anymore.
Our member projects each focus on protecting a threatened forest in an incredibly biodiverse area of the world. Thanks to their efforts, the forests – and the carbon they contain – are saved, for the climate, for their inhabitants, and for future generations.
When you buy a Stand For Trees certificate, you directly support their work. And unlike donating to a campaign - which may or may not be successful – or waiting for policy changes, our verification-based model means that your purchase has real impacts. Each Stand For Trees certificate represents carbon dioxide prevented from entering the atmosphere, a forest protected, and habitat for endangered species and local livelihoods saved.
The world is warming. We need to act now, and we need to reduce emissions now. Saving forests is amongst the quickest and most effective ways of doing that.
So if you’re asking yourself how you can help to stop either climate change or deforestation – or both – then Stand For Trees makes it easy, effective, and real. Help us save our forests now.