Our Trees Matter

“Forests still cover about 30 percent of the world’s land area, but they are disappearing at an alarming rate. Between 1990 and 2016, the world lost 502,000 square miles (1.3 million square kilometers) of forest, according to the World Bank—an area larger than South Africa. Since humans started cutting down forests, 46 percent of trees have been felled, according to a 2015 study in the journal Nature. About 17 percent of the Amazonian rainforest has been destroyed over the past 50 years, and losses recently have been on the rise.” [1]

Industrial agriculture to produce commodities such as fabric, palm oil and paper, is the biggest threat facing our trees today. It is estimated that 7 million hectares are destroyed annually, which is 3.5 – 7 billion trees. [2]

According to Intact Forests, these are the reasons for deforestation in order of effect: Timber harvesting (37%), agricultural expansion (28%), wildfire (21%), construction of roads for resource mining and extraction, pipelines, and power lines (12%) and expansion of transportation networks via roads (2%). [3]

Around 270,000 trees are flushed, or dumped in landfills every single day, with 10% of this being attributed to toilet paper alone. [4]

Hemp would provide a much more sustainable alternative to paper, card and toilet paper. It takes 3-5 months to grow, compared to 20 to 80 years for trees; provides 4 times the pulp per acre; it is one of the strongest natural fibres around; and finally, it doesn’t negate the use of toxic and harmful chemicals in processing. [5] Click here for more on ‘Hemp vs. Trees’.

Save the 250 year old Cubbington pear tree from HS2. See here

Cancel HS2 and use the money for the NHS and local economies, post Covid-19. See here

Commit to a public review of HS2 project and suspend all on-going work now. See here

To: Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport

Ban import of products from Amazon rainforest if not Deforestation Free. See here

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