We cannot stop climate change without stopping deforestation
In addition to all of this, trees, our primary allies in the fight against climate change, are being cut down at alarming rates.
By 2021, it is estimated that 15 billion trees are cut down every year to make space for the production of crops
that are used for consumer products, or to make space for cattle ranching in order to produce more meat.
Meanwhile, we are answering this problem by planting trees ourselves, but our current collective effort of organizations
such as Tree-Nation and world governments only sum up to an estimate of 5 billion trees planted per year,
which means we lose roughly 10 billion trees every year.
At this rate, we can expect to have no more rainforests by the year 2100 and no trees by the year 2200.
With trees storing around twice as many greenhouse gasses as there are currently in the atmosphere, without stopping deforestation,
we will doom our planet and ourselves to an extremely dangerous future with global temperatures,
increasing by over 4.0 °C this century, and potentially much more in centuries to come.