If greener living is better living, humanity as a whole isn’t improving yet. Every year we lose 10 million hectares of forest.
If we add up the indoor living spaces of all the people in the world, that’s about how much forest we’re loosing every year. As a result, biodiversity is breaking down. A million species on the planet are threatened with extinction, and a significant number of these live in forests. Healthy ecosystems are collapsing, and barren deserts are taking place.
But here’s the good news. We know what we need to do to solve this. Protect natural forests from deforestation, and regenerate the forests we are losing. More and more people are planting trees. And we are getting smarter and smarter at it. We’re planting the right trees in the right places, and we’re getting increasingly better results. Join us in planting trees, growing sustainable forests, and fostering biodiversity.
How many trees do you plant per product?
As of January 2021, at least one tree will be planted for every product sold. Every time you buy one of our products, you’re helping to grow sustainable forests, foster biodiversity, and strengthen natural ecosystems. We also see this as a first step towards becoming carbon positive. We’re anaylyzing our carbon footprint and as we learn more, we’ll know how many trees we should be planting per product to achieve this.
What is the global climate crisis?
Let’s remove any doubt. Global temperatures are rising. Nineteen of the twenty warmest years in recorded history have occurred since 2001. Global warming doesn’t just mean higher average temperatures, which in itself has an impact on life; it also causes temperatures to vary more and increases the chance of extreme weather events. And one of the biggest causes of global warming is the growing amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
How does climate change relate to environmental degradation?
Climate chnage means higher temperatures, larger swings in temperature, and more extreme weather. All of this affects the balance of natural environments, microbes, plants, and animals, driving accelerated biodiversity loss. Lower biodiversity leads to knock-on effects for many communities and products that depend on natural resources, including our food, energy, medicines, and water.
How does planting trees fight climate change?
Planting trees contributes to mitigating climate change. one of the biggest causes of global warming is the growing amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Plants remove carbondioxide from the air and turn it into biomass. They create oxygen and sequester carbon. More trees means removing more carbon dioxide, and at a faster rate.
What is sustainable forestry?
Sustainable forestry is about growing forests in a balanced way. It includes protecting existing natural forests and regenerating lost forests. And growing new forests in new areas. It involves meeting human needs within forest ecosystems and recreating the regeneration patterns of natural forests. The goal? To conserve and create more than we destroy.
Why is it important to grow sustainable forests?
Trees store carbon in their trunks, roots, and leaves, as well as in the soil. In natural forests, most of the carbon is pooled in the soil. A sustainable forest regenerates naturally. It supports a diversity of life, from the tallest trees to tiny single-celled microbes, and everything in between. A sustainable forest will continuously sequester increasing amounts of carbon for hundreds of years.
Why is biodiversity important?
the majority of terrestrial species live in forest ecosystems. So growing sustainable forests will help to cultivate more biodiversity worldwide. This effect is circular too. Biodiversity is also important because a forest with more biodiversity is more resilient to climate change.
How many trees do you need to plant to offset a Pikaplant product’s carbon emissions?
We’re still analyzing our carbon footprint, and it’s complicated. As we learn more, we’ll know how many trees we should be planting per product to become carbon positive. We think a thorough analysis will most certainly result in a number higher than one tree per product. That’s why we have started planting at the current rate.
Who will plant the trees and manage the forests?
We contribute to world-class organizations that integrate sustainability into their forestry projects. These have resulted in the planting of hundreds of millions of trees, while supporting local communities and boosting local micro economies.