I am trying to do my own little bit for the planet. Working with Ecologi has allowed me to help plant trees in the areas where they are most needed. The work they do is incredible and you can read more about them here: https://ecologi.com/
The Earth Day 2022 Theme is Invest In Our Planet.
To show you the impact that a lack of action is having on the planet, I have taken the following information from the fact sheets on earthday.org
Forests worldwide support vast ecosystems, with many species completely reliant on them for their survival. Forests are also extremely important to humanity, providing health benefits, income, food, and more. Despite all the benefits forests provide, they have been disappearing at alarming rates for far too long.
Reforestation is an effective method to fight against climate change while also maintaining the many benefits forests provide. These ten facts highlight some of the social and environmental benefits forests provide, and statistics on deforestation and reforestation.
Worldwide forest cover shrinks by an average of 4.7 million hectares per year
A tree must live for at least 10-20 years to have a meaningful effect on the environment
Forests are home to an estimated 80% of the world’s terrestrial species (
Throughout 2015-2020, 10 million hectares of trees were removed from forests around the world each year. Only 5 million hectares of trees were planted each year throughout the same period
Forests are extremely important to humanity’s health and wellbeing. They provide tens of millions of jobs, are a vital part of the food chain, and over 28,000 species of forest plants are used in medicines
A study found that urban reforestation projects improved the mental health of office workers who could view green spaces from their office
Forests play a vital role in regulating water cycles and soil quality
Adding 10% more green cover in cities and towns could potentially reduce the surface temperature of the area by 2.2 °C
Plants found in forests release phytoncides, antimicrobial compounds. Studies have found that exposure to phytoncides can reduce stress, boost the immune system, and lower blood pressure as well as heart rate.
2,000 years ago, 80% of Western Europe was covered by forests. Today, only 34% is covered by forests.