Tropical and temperate rainforests and other forest ecosystems are critical to the health of our planet. Forests produce oxygen, clean our air and water, prevent soil erosion, maintain precipitation patterns, lower temperatures, provide wildlife habitat, and stabilize our climate by absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere and storing it in plant tissue and forest soils.
When forests are cut down, CO2 absorption ceases. When they are burned or degraded much of the carbon that was stored in the trees is released into the atmosphere. By stopping deforestation and restoring forests, we will help tackle climate change and protect vital forest habitats and wildlife.