An acre of trees can also store 2.6 tons of carbon (pollution) annually, trees remove gaseous pollutants from the air such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and carbon monoxide, while also intercepting particle matter and preventing it from being airborne. In the U.S.A, trees avert $6.8 billion per year in health costs, removing massive amounts of air pollution through their leaves. In 2010 alone, trees saved 850 human lives and prevented 670,000 cases of acute respiratory disorders.
THREE. Trees Are Our One Of Our Best Defenses Against Climate Change
Rainforests are home to 30 million species of plants and animals, that’s half of the Earth’s wildlife and at least two-thirds of its plant species. They provide essential food and shelter for pollinators and wildlife which in turn provide us with the majority of our food sources and medicines.
Erosion costs tens of billions of dollars worldwide each year. Without topsoil, we cannot grow food, and without food, we starve. According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, the world has just 60 more years of topsoil, and thus only 60 more years of crop growth as well. Even in areas where tropical downpours don’t occur – but deforestation has – we’re so quickly stripping soil from the land that Farmers Weekly reported, we “only (have) 100 harvests left”.
Put simply, decimating our rainforests for greed and gluttony is self-destructive. You can help reduce the impact you personally cause by halting your support of companies which fund its destruction.
Rainforest Alliance Certified™. The green frog certification seal you’ll come to know indicates that a farm or forest enterprise encompasses the RAC pillars of sustainability—concentrated on social, economic, and environmental protection.
Most of the companies we get our beauty products from ignore these issues, and most consumers aren’t aware they’re supporting this level of destruction. You can find out more about what ingredients palm oil hides under HERE, and the additional harms it causes HERE. Below I’ve shared three of my favourite Rainforest Alliance Certified brands selling skin and hair care products without palm-oil in it: