Why forests are so important
Our little blue planet is actually pretty green! Almost a third of the Earth’s surface is covered by forest. And forests aren’t just full of trees – they’re teeming with all kinds of life. Forests are home to over half of the world’s land-based animal and plant species, and around 300 million people.
Not only that, but our planet’s fantastic forests reveal new, hidden secrets about themselves all the time. Every year we’re discovering animals, plants and insects that we never knew existed. For instance between 2010 and 2013 more than 400 ‘new’ species were found in the Amazon alone!
Forests are so crucial, for all of us. As well as providing food, shelter, fuel and income for around a billion people, forests also produce a lot of the oxygen we all breathe, and regulate rainfall and climate patterns around the world.
But our forests are in crisis. Our planet has already lost nearly 40% of its forests in the last three centuries – and we're losing 33,000 sq km each year - that's roughly five football pitches a minute! Only 17% of what’s left has any kind of proper protection.
Help us keep our forests alive!