Earth Day brings together over a billion people around the world to demonstrate their dedication to environmental preservation.

First held in 1970, Earth Day is a global event created to rally support for the environment, increasing awareness of its beauty and benefits, as well as the large-scale impact that climate change and other threats are having on it. Held every year on April 22, Earth Day mobilizes people to take action for the environment by joining the many campaigns organized by Earth Day or taking part in initiatives of their own.

Preserving Tropical Forest is key to Climate Change

Preserving tropical forests is a critical step in combating climate change. Recent studies suggest that tropical deforestation is responsible for about 10-15% of global greenhouse gas emissions each year.

Tropical forest are vital carbon sinks, absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and preserving biodiversity.  Despite covering just 6% of the world’s surface[v], tropical forests store 46% of the world’s terrestrial carbon[vi]. It’s also estimated that tropical trees perform around 60% of the world’s photosynthesis[vii] and can absorb 25-33% of the planet’s total carbon emissions[viii].

Over half of all species on the planet reside in tropical forests[xi], so any damage to those areas will have disastrous consequences for biodiversity.  Unfortunately, many of these species are already endangered because of human activities and habitat loss, including hunting, trapping and deforestation.

Carbon Balanced Paper and Forest Conservation

By joining Carbon Balanced Paper, companies and individuals can demonstrate their commitment to the environment by reducing the carbon emissions of paper and printed communications and displaying the World Land trust logo on their products.  

Carbon Balanced Paper and World Land Trust work in partnership to reduce the threat to our world’s tropical forests by human development.   The program raises funds to protect threatened habitats around the world, preserving both the biodiversity within those habitats and the health and well-being of communities that live within them.

Earth Day is the ideal time to review environmental commitments and consider joining the many companies globally who use Carbon Balanced Paper.

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An endangered Red-shanked Douc (Pygathrix nemaeus) photographed in Khe Nuoc Trong, on 20-21 May 2016. Credit: Nature Conservation Centre