Arlington, Va. (October 4, 2018) – Conservation International today released "Forest
," the newest film in its award-winning "Nature Is Speaking" series. Voiced by Emmy-award nominee and environmental activist Shailene Woodley, the film highlights the importance of forests — from temperate to tropical, redwood to mangrove — in fighting climate change.
"Saving forests is the only way to save ourselves. From the air we breathe, to water, medicine and other resources they provide, forests sustain lives. But our forests are disappearing. To ensure humanity survives, we have to stop cutting them down. We have to let forests grow," said Woodley.
The world has lost nearly half of its forests due to agriculture, development or resource extraction. Yet the value of the benefits that standing forests provide is immense.
- Tropical forests account for at least 30 percent of the global mitigation action needed to halt climate change.
- Nearly 1.6 billion people (about 25 percent of the world's population) rely on forest resources such as food, medicine and fuel wood for their livelihoods.
- Mangrove forests are one of the last lines of defense against climate change. They help people weather the impacts of climate change and mitigate its causes by absorbing and storing carbon dioxide that would otherwise warm the atmosphere. Mangroves can absorb as much as 10 times the carbon of a similarly sized area of terrestrial forest.
Conservation International strives to protect tropical forests around the world, working directly with the communities who live in, and depend on, these forests. To learn more about Conservation International's work with forests, click here
Conservation International developed the "Nature Is Speaking" campaign in 2014 with social impact communications agency, MAL\FOR GOOD
, under the creative direction of agency founder, Lee Clow. The goal: To give nature a voice and reframe why conservation is important, reinforcing that people need nature if we are to safeguard our future on the planet. The series includes films personifying different elements of nature narrated by some of the biggest names in Hollywood including Harrison Ford, Julia Roberts, Liam Neeson, Lupita Nyong'o, Edward Norton, Robert Redford, Penelope Cruz, Ian Somerhalder, Reese Witherspoon, Salma Hayek and Lee Pace as well as more than 50 international artists. The films have been viewed more than 100 million times across 40 countries in 10 languages.
"Forest" is available to view here
About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature that people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International
, the groundbreaking "Nature Is Speaking" campaign
and its series of virtual reality projects: "My Africa"
, "Under the Canopy"
and "Valen's Reef."
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