Using photosynthesis, a tree converts water and carbon dioxide into enough oxygen to sustain two people for a year.
In order to grow, a tree spends its lifetime feeding off carbon dioxide. With an average consumption of 10kg of carbon dioxide a year, a tree helps reduce the additional amount of CO2 in the atmosphere which is accelerating climate change.
A tree filters and recycles rainwater through its roots and leaves, and converts it into clean drinking water. This 100% natural process is essential to restocking and stabilising groundwater levels.
Tree roots are essential for preventing landslides by holding the ground and fighting erosion, especially near riverbanks, slopes and embankments. In arid countries, trees form a natural barrier against desert progression.
Trees and forests host, feed and shelter 80% of all terrestrial animal species.
Sources of food (fruit, mushrooms, game, etc.), firewood, timber and even medication, trees and forests provide a livelihood to 1.6 billion people.