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Forests, which cover 30%of the planet surface, play a vital role for the survival and the well-being of the 7 billions inhabitants of the planet and biodiversity protection. They are source of food, medication and clean water. They take part in carbon sequestration, flooding control and protection against soils erosion and desertification. Finally, they are essential to fight against climate change. Forests shelter more than 80% of animal species, plants and insects of the planet (source from the UN). According to the FAO, 300 million of people live in the forests or in the surroundings and more than 1.6 billion people depend on the forests to live at some different degrees .
However, despite those precious green, economic and social advantages, men are destroying the forests disproportionately whereas they are essential to life. Deforestation worldwide continues alarmingly: 13 million hectares of forests are destroyed each year. Deforestation is responsible for 12 to 20% of world greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to global warming.
ONE SOLUTION : PLANTING TREES
Our foundation ‘ Free Spirit ’ launches its program “re-green the planet”, a reforestation program all over the world. Inspired by the Kenyan Nobel Prized environmental activist’s work, Wangari Maathai, who planted 3 million trees during 30 years, the Free Spirit thus joins the world effort of all the organizations and all the committed citizens in the reforestation of our beautiful planet, this initiative should be imperatively along with a way of life more respectful of nature for each individual living on our planet.
Important reforestation operations are led in some countries as shown in the world record in India where 66 million of trees were planted in july 2017 !
March 21 st has been claimed International Day of Forests since 2013, to highlight the importance of all types of forests and trees in general and make people aware about this matter.
PLANTING 1 MILLION TREES ACROSS THE GLOBE
WHY TREES ?
Trees are one of Earth’s largest banks for storing the carbon that gets emitted by natural processes and human activities. Forests cover about 30 percent of the planet’s surface, and as much as 45 percent of the carbon stored on land is tied up in forests.
Forests and trees make vital contributions to both people and the planet, bolstering livelihoods, providing clean air and water, conserving biodiversity and responding to climate change.
Forests act as a source of food, medicine and fuel for more than a billion people. In addition to helping to respond to climate change and protect soils and water, forests hold more than three-quarters of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity, provide many products and services that contribute to socio-economic development and are particularly important for hundreds of millions of people in rural areas, including many of the world’s poorest.
We raise public awareness about climate change and about protecting forests. Protecting forests is protecting life.
We educate the young generation through an artistic approach in order to connect children to the nature
With your donation, we plant trees all over the world by supporting the local partners of our network
I AM THE FOREST
WE AMPLIFY THE VOICE OF THE FORESTS
IN THE WORLD LANGUAGES & DIALECTS
The I AM project, created by the Free Spirit Foundation, is dedicated to preserving languages and nature. People across the globe amplify the voice of the forest in their language and dialect. Those people are joining the I AM project reading and recording the same message in their native language. The I AM project has been created to reveal the beauty of any language across the globe and the beauty of nature, too.
PLANT YOUR TREES FROM HOME
RESTORING THE FORESTS
Between September 2019 and January 2020, record-breaking temperatures and months of severe drought have fuelled a series of massive bushfires across Australia.
RESTORING THE AMAZON
The fires in the Amazon region in 2019 were unprecedented in their destruction. Thousands of fires had burned more than 7,600 square kilometres by October that year. In 2020, things are no better and, in all likelihood, may be worse.
A Seedball is a seed inside of a ball of charcoal dust mixed with some nutritious binders. The biochar coating of the ball helps protect the seed within from predators such as birds, rodents and insects and extremes of temperature until the rains arrive !
U.S. Ambassador to the French Republic and Principality of Monaco
Minister Counselor for Economic and Environment, Science, Technology and Health Affairs
Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Oceans, Environment, and Science
Senior expert environmental justice
French Secretary of State for Biodiversity
Counselor for Environment, Science, Technology,
and Health Affairs
Senior Advisor Wildlife Conservation
International Relations Officer – CITES and EU Wildlife Trade Regulations
Senior Program Officer of the UNODC Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime
Chief, Global Program for Combating
Wildlife and Forest Crime, UNODC