11 facts you need to know
If we don’t protect our forests, how will we clean the air, store carbon and purify water — for the entire planet?
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No amount of innovation or technology can replace the life-giving functions that forests provide for people and the planet. In fact, it’s easier to save forests than to replace them. You can help protect an acre now for only $25.
Forests need animals
Up to 90 percent of trees and plants in tropical forests rely on animals to propagate their seeds. The loss of species due to human activities could impact tropical forests’ ability to store carbon9 — a critical role in the fight against climate change. Tweet this fact »
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