Why Forests Matter

It’s said that forests are the ‘lungs of the earth.’

But forests are disappearing faster than they are being replaced

There were once 6 trillion trees on our planet. Half of them are gone. And we are losing the rest at a terrifying rate – over 10 billion trees every year.

We are running out of time.

Every year, deforestation and land degradation costs the world $6.3 trillion (1).

Trillion Trees is committed to an urgent end to forest destruction. And science-led restoration on a monumental scale.

Here’s why…

Peruvian woman walking in the forest©Daniel Silva/WCS

People Need Forests

The lives of hundreds of millions of people depend directly on healthy forests, right now. For jobs. For food. For medicines. Some of these people are also on the frontline of forest protection. We urgently need to support them.

And even if you don’t realise it, you depend on forests too.

Our Climate Needs Forests

Forests don’t just stabilise local weather patterns – they help control the global climate. There is too much CO2 warming our atmosphere. Protecting and restoring trees are two of the most efficient and cost-effective ways to fix that.

Tree frog in a tree(c)Tim Davenport

Nature Needs Forests

They are havens of biodiversity. Forests are the home for the majority of the world’s animals, birds, insects and plants. But right now some tropical rainforests are in danger of becoming lifeless deserts.

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Our partners work in forests across the world, where forests are most threatened.