Deforestation. Forest Conservation. Reforestation.
Forests are critical to the way Earth functions. They lock up vast amounts of carbon and release oxygen. They influence rainfall, filter fresh water and prevent flooding and soil erosion. They produce wild foods, fuelwood and medicines for the people that live in and around them. They are storehouses of potential future crop varieties and genetic materials with untapped healing qualities. Wood and other fibre grown in forests can be used as a renewable fuel or as raw material for paper, packaging, furniture or housing. Deforestation is a threat to life as we know it.
While the pressures on forests vary across regions, the biggest cause of deforestation is expanding agriculture – including commercial livestock and major crops such as palm oil and soy. Small-scale farmers also play a role, often due to poverty and insecure land tenure. Mining, hydroelectricity and other infrastructure projects are also major pressures – new roads can have a large indirect impact through opening up forests to settlers and agriculture.
Sacred Seedlings is a forest conservation and reforestation program to help fight climate change and promote wildlife conservation around the world.
- Offset carbon in the atmosphere, reduce energy consumption and air pollution.
- Conserve and reforest public lands, private lands and communities around the globe.
- Generate clean and green jobs.
Sacred Seedlings is a global initiative to support forest conservation, reforestation, urban forestry, sustainable agriculture and wildlife conservation. Sustainable land management and land use are critical to the survival of entire ecosystems. Sacred Seedlings is a U.S.-based program that supports the vision of local stakeholders. We have projects ready across Africa. We seek additional projects elsewhere around the world. We also seek volunteers, sponsors and donors of cash and in-kind support.
To learn more about the harmful effects of deforestation, contact Gary Chandler at 602-999-7204 (USA). Write him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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