A new report from Global Forest Watch and the University of Maryland has revealed that 15.8 million hectares ( 39 million acres) of tree cover was lost in the tropics in 2017 which equates to roughly 40 football fields of trees every minute.
The study used satellite data to track the rate of tree cover loss across the globe due to human activity or natural activities such as forest fires and reveals that the total loss was the second worst year on record.
Trees are one of the building blocks for life and sustaining a healthy planet as they provide ecosystems and are our best bet in the battle against climate change if we are not going to change our carbon habits. The report noted that forest conservation could potentially do 30 percent of the work towards the goals set by the Paris Climate Accords but not enough money and resources is put into forest conservation.
The highest rate of loss comes from Brazil were forest fires are created by people to clear land for agricultural production such as soy, cattle, palm oil and wood. Much of the burning occurs illegally under the watchful eye of local corruption.
There are many ways for you to help forest such as the ones in Brazil but one of the best ways is by investing in purchasing land that will be used to regrow rainforests.
Through Rainforest Trust, the average cost of purchasing and protecting an acre of lush tropical rainforest is just $1.98. Rainforest Trust purchases and protects the most threatened tropical forests, saving endangered wildlife through partnerships and community engagement.
They are committed to providing lasting, on-the-ground protection, which requires the ongoing support and participation of local communities. These communities are engaged through the creation of sustainable economic opportunities for local men and women, including training as forest guards, wildlife monitors and ecotourism guides.