We have partnered up with a UK based company – Just One Tree.
They are a non-profit initiative removing CO2 from the atmosphere through global reforestation.
Trees are the primary method we have for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Without planting more, we’ll not survive as a species. And if cleaning the air we breathe wasn’t impressive enough, trees also filter our water, stabilise the soil, form complex ecosystems, supply us with medicine and create sustainable incomes.
Trees are carbon sinks, absorbing the pollutants put into the atmosphere.
They clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, prevent soil erosion and flooding, give life to the world’s wildlife, house complex ecosystems, supply us with medicine and provide jobs to over 1.6 billion people.
They really are the superheroes of the planet and we need them in order to survive.
Where do we plant trees?
Our Oceans you wonder?
Every 2nd breath we take comes from the ocean.
Part of their passion at Just One Tree has always been the oceans – the incredible power, vast diversity of life, the colourful coral and the calm quiet when under water visiting its wonders. With marine life dying and coral reefs bleaching from rising sea temperatures, they also help address the issues our oceans are facing.
70% of the earth’s surface area and are the world’s largest store of carbon.
93% of the heat is absorbed from global warming.
25% of ocean acidity has increased by a staggering in the last two centuries alone, accelerated by the industrial revolution.Prior to that, ocean acidity remained at a constant, slightly alkaline state of 8.2 pH, for millions of years.
Ocean acidification is often called the ‘evil twin’ of climate change. Carbon dioxide that is present in the atmosphere dissolves into the oceans changing its basic chemistry. This can have an immense impact on the food chain.
But, this is where sea kelp comes in. Growing up to half a metre a day, kelp is the fastest growing ‘tree’ on the planet. Like land-based trees, kelp absorbs CO2 in order to grow and is therefore an enormous ‘Blue Carbon’ sink. By taking carbon dioxide out of the oceans, kelp forests help lower the acidity in the seas and the amount of CO2 in our atmosphere.
As well as being ‘Blue Carbon’ sinks, kelp forests are one of the ocean’s most diverse eco-systems. Many fish species use kelp forests as nurseries for their young, while marine mammals like sea lions, sea otters and even grey whales use them as shelter from predators and storms. Large predatory species, such as sharks, are known to hunt in the long corridors that form in the forests. Kelp is a source of income for many families on the lower end of the poverty scale. In Indonesia, for example, over 1 million people rely on seaweed farming for their livelihood. Kelp also has many other uses. It can be used in food such as Sushi (it’s even found in ice-cream), as an organic fertiliser, for bio fuels, healthy omega-3 supplements and fibres for clothing. Even supplementing livestock feed with less than one percent seaweed, reduces cattle methane emissions by 60%.
However, kelp needs cool nutrient-rich waters to grow and with rising sea temperatures much of the kelp forests have been wiped out. Along Australia’s coast line, for example, warming waters has resulted in the loss of 95% of forests.
Kelp is in decline because of the struggle to grow in warmer waters, so simply planting more isn’t tackling the actual problem.
This is why Just One Tree are incredibly excited to partner with the Climate Foundation to help assist mother nature in regenerating kelp forests.
How do trees impact us?
Trees are referred to as the lungs of the planet and for good reason. They filter our air, removing harmful pollutants such as carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide. In return, they replenish the atmosphere with oxygen for
us to breathe.
A mature tree can produce enough oxygen in a season for ten people to inhale in a year.
Trees catch rainwater with their leaves, allowing the water to trickle down the trunk into the earth below where their roots absorb the pollutants. This slows down the water’s absorption into the ground, which in turn prevents over saturation, flooding and prevents stormwaters from carrying pollutants into the ocean. One Colorado Blue Spruce can capture over 1000 gallons of water per year when fully grown.
Trees absorb dangerous chemicals and harmful pollutants that have entered the soil and either store them or turn them into less harmful forms. Far reaching roots hold the soil in place binding it together and preventing soil erosion. Mangrove estuaries prevent the coastline simply washing away into the sea.
Trees are big climate regulators on a global scale. They lock greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide, into their structure removing them from the atmosphere and slowing down Global Warming. They control climate by absorbing and filtering the sun’s radiant energy, reducing wind speeds and cooling the air as they lose moisture. It’s estimated that trees can reduce the temperature in cities by up to 7 degrees Celsius.
Hundreds of living creatures call trees their home and each tree plays host to complex microhabitats. In fact, one single tree in a tropical rainforest can house up to 2000 species of insects, birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, fungi, mosses and epiphytic plants.
Another incredible aspect of the reforestation process is the ability to improve the lives of those living in challenging conditions. 1.6 billion people earn their living from working with trees. But the social impact goes much further than this – the trees themselves supply timber for construction, fuel for heating and cooking, soil enrichment for farming and produce food that feeds both humans and animals alike.
Its put simply as £1 contributes to planting just one tree, however this cost actually covers conservation in areas beyond our forests. Not only attempting to combat climate change on land, Just One Tree has partnered up with the Climate Foundation for conserving life and habitats under the ocean.
As well as planting at least 1 tree, 3 pence from every pound donated to Just One Tree goes directly to supporting this vital nature-based solution.
Together, we can truly make a difference.