An Urgent Message About Your Future…

What You Need To Know About The Upcoming Disasters 

The following can be shocking, but if you care about your future, you must know this.

'Biodiversity hotspots' are only growing.

While that might sound like a good thing – it's not. Because what a 'biodiversity hotspot' is, is a terrible thing.

For an area to be a hotspot, it needs to meet two criteria:

  1. A minimum of 1,500 species of plants present.
  2. A minimum of the original vegetation has been removed or lost.

For an area to be a hotspot, it must have been lush and vivid with life… and then must have lost over two thirds of that.

There's dozens of these areas spread across the globe. And the media are silent. Politicians focus on global warming as a political issue, rather than a real danger to us all.

Carbon dioxide levels are rising. Arctic ice caps are melting like ice cubes in hot tea. Sea levels are at an all-time high.

If we only look at one of these problems, it's no big deal. Predictions give us 50, 100 years, sometimes longer to comfortably continue on this way.

But when compounded, we barely have any time left. Our sons and daughters might be doomed to exist on a planet that their forefathers murdered for. 

Carbon dioxide levels in the air are at their highest in 650,000 years.

Unbearable heat, on an almost daily basis. Every time you go out, no matter how prepared you might be, you're risking heatstroke. Hospitals packed with no space for you – you're given an icepack if you're lucky and they have any left.

On the way home, your vision blurs. You're nauseous. You vomit. Everyone around you suffers the same way.

Getting in a car alone is dangerous. Sweat drips down your face, your clothes soaked – you need to replenish water. But not too much. And you need vitamin and mineral supplements, because you're sweating them out fast.

Everyone drinks a lot of water to make up for what they sweat out. But that doesn't make up for the sodium they lose. People have grown used to symptoms of hyponatremia (too little sodium in one's body). Salt is at a premium.

You see rich people who can afford pets. A friend of yours bemoans the tens of thousands of species that are just 'gone' forever. Flora and fauna wiped out, with barely any news about it.

The animals that went first were those with specific environment needs – such as these…

And a long list of other species.

Everyone tries to plant and take care of trees. But it's too late. Every day is worse.

Trees take precious time to grow. The few that still stand are in a poor state, too – at least children and the elderly have somewhere to go and play.

Tens of millions of refugees from flooded areas have joined your community. Stores and logistics barely function. The infrastructure, the roads, power, and sewage were not meant for such stress.

People choose to live underground. In structures that protect from the heat and storms. But the closed, smaller spaces make them a perfect vector for diseases to spread…

Fresh water is at a premium. If you're not upper class, you ration it out. Same with food, since crops don't grow well anymore. And medicine.

Imports stop being possible, as everyone looks to just get by. The economy crumbles.

It's a bleak, Mad Max inspired future that we've built for ourselves.

But there is a way to make that future somewhat more vibrant. More vivid. More lively.

We can stop this.

The increasing CO2. The melting ice caps. Flora and fauna going extinct. Water shortages. The unbearable heat. The storms.

All we need to do, is do our best to help Earth heal.

Deforestation is one of the biggest factors. In fact, it causes more damage than all cars and trucks combined.

And this effect compounds – trees turn harmful CO2 into oxygen that lets us live in health. They also collect other greenhouse gases, and harmful particles from the air. That way we're not only lowering CO2, but pollution in general.

The fewer trees there are, the less greenhouse gases in the atmosphere we can afford. Because they make these gases harmless.

But if there's no forests... only a small amount of CO2 will make a big difference. One that we will all regret.

Restoring the flora helps us help the fauna too. Countless animal species lose their habitats, their homes. This is an early, undeserved death.

Rebuilding forests helps. Animals can then rebuild their homes, and repopulate the area. That prevents unjust extinction.

On top of that, forests produce clean water, which is crucial in the coming heatwaves. They filter air, helping us manage pollution. They help us regulate the weather and global climate. Trees build an environment that our children can grow and thrive in.

And they're an important food source. If plants die, everything dies.

We want to have a future.

We fight to overcome rampant deforestation. We help Earth do what it does best – grow and sustain life.

Earth can stop greenhouse gases, global warming, and carbon dioxide. But she needs our help.

This is why we invite you to contribute to our cause. Help us turn our home into a place where not just humanity – but life of all kinds – can flourish and thrive.

We focus on what makes a difference: planting trees in the areas which need them most.

Every month, we plant trees thanks to our members and subscribers. When you join, we'll be able to plant 10 more thanks to your contribution.

We want to move faster, and make the biggest positive impact Earth has seen since the dawn of the industrial era.

It is a promise that planting trees will help our environment.

In fact, here are some benefits to forests and trees that go far beyond "they give shade and oxygen".

  1. Leaves clean the air from pollutants (e.g. particles from burning coal) and toxic gases (nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, ozone and ammonia).
  2. They save water – their shade keeps ground-level temperatures lower, and decrease water evaporation.
  3. They help us manage water pollution, by breaking rainfall. Instead of running on top of soil, treetops break rainfall into a slow fall. The water then goes into the earth, which acts as a natural filter, before going deeper and joining the groundwater reserves.
  4. They keep temperatures lower, especially in cities, by breaking up "heat islands" and humidifying the air.
  5. They help conserve energy. Well-placed homes can cut down their AC needs by half, thanks to the cooling features of trees. Not to mention, they clear the air, so the people living in such homes will be at less of a risk of disease.
  6. They prevent soil erosion. Tree roots are unusually powerful, and hold land in place – this is particularly important in areas with frequent earthquake or flooding risk.
  7. They shield us from UV radiation – studies have shown that UV-B exposure can be reduced by up to 50% simply by spending time with trees.
  8. They provide an environment wildlife can thrive in; this is critical for endangered species pushed out of their habitat to make space for farms and villages.

Now imagine – what if we plant more trees?

Instead of the post-apocalyptic dystopia from before… everything continues as usual.

Maybe there's more trees around, and fewer cars and plastics. Perhaps we'll move to clean energy, with solar power becoming a staple.

You step outside, and you take a breath of fresh, cool air. The sun is shining, yet you're shielded from it – the trees shield you from the heat and blinding light.

Your neighbor's cat is laying on a branch, being lazy as all cats are. You can hear children play somewhere. You know that you can take a shower when you want. That you have water to drink, and fresh fruit available.

You can give flowers to your loved ones, and go to the zoo, knowing that you contributed to preserving our future.

That's a good future. One worth fighting for. One that we are making a reality.

Supporting the environment does a lot. Especially in less developed areas of the world. It helps people support their local economy by producing food and goods. It lets them choose where they live, instead of forcing them to migrate and leave their homes behind.

Over 42% of all bird, mammal, amphibian and reptile species live in hotspots. To protect and maintain their habitat we need its parts - from algae and grass to apex predators. That factors into what we do.

Yet we're not all about trees. We make sure to account for the economic state of the communities in those areas. That way we are sure that we have the strongest positive effect.

These are the trees planted in the last week:

  • 3,000 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with the Pole Pole Foundation
  • 4,000 in Madagascar with Forest Nation
  • 50,000 in Indonesia with Eden Reforestation Project
  • 10,000 in the Usambara Mountains of Tanzania with the Friends of Usambara Society
  • And many more in California and beyond, with the One Tree Planted charity

As you see, we're making an impact.

And it's a big one – bigger than anyone could hope to make on their own.

We have global reach, and the ability to get to biodiversity hotspots. Every tree we plant is guaranteed to be a powerful pillar the environment can rely on.

The trees are almost always native species. We take the issue of invasive species taking over very seriously.

But sometimes we choose trees for their abilities. Some grow fast or cast wider shade, which quickens reforestation.

Many of the trees we plant are designed for coppicing. Cutting them down to stumps, from which they grow again. They provide sustainable tree products and help local communities.

Our biggest priority is that trees are planted. To ensure that, our partners have photo stations which track GPS coordinates. This lets us see exactly where trees are planted.

Now, imagine if you wanted to plant 10 trees. Here's the steps you'd need to take if you wanted to do what we do:

  1. Spend time researching what you need, what species of tree to plant, where to plant it, what plants it can and can't be in proximity with.
  2. Buy seeds or saplings from a nursery.
  3. Transport them to the location where they're needed.
  4. Locate any underground utilities that might be in the area.
  5. Find the trunk flare – where the trunk expands at the base of the tree. It should be still visible after planting.
  6. Dig out a hole. Not too deep - just deep enough.
  7. Straighten or remove circling roots after removing the tree container.
  8. Place the tree at the proper height. Too deep will make the tree struggle to grow.
  9. Fill the hole gently, but firmly; pack soil to stabilize the root ball. Then fill up to ground level, making sure to remove air pockets.
  10. Stake the tree if necessary.
  11. Mulch.

And repeat that 10 times. An entire day's worth of work. And you likely won't travel to a biodiversity hotspot.

Will it help? Yes, and we encourage you do that.

At the same time, for only $20, you can easily and comfortably help exactly where it matters most.

That's all we're asking for. $20 to contribute to our goal of planting 8 Billion Trees.

You can contribute to a safer, healthier and more vibrant future for all.

All you need to do is click below, and join our monthly subscription.

You can cancel any time, no questions asked.

It's as easy as that.

Now, you have a few options.

You can ignore this message, and go about your life, as you would. And when (not if – but when) disaster strikes, you'll have all the regrets in the world about this precise moment.

You can contribute to our cause, and help us protect our future. There's no certainty – if too few people help us, things might still get worse. But not anywhere near as bad as they will if we don't act.

Or you can contribute to our cause, and help us gain more support to protect our future. Share the news with your friends. Educate them on biodiversity, on the melting permafrost, on the truth about trees!

We need all we can get. Post-apocalypse looks cool in the movies, and in books. But we don't want to live in a hellhole; we all deserve better.

If you believe in a better future, don't hesitate – sign up today, and share the news!

That's why we (Jon and I) started 8 Billion Trees.

Research shows deforestation causes more CO2 in the atmosphere than all the world's cars and trucks combined.

In the last decade, the Arctic permafrost has started melting – it contains 1.8 trillion tons of carbon. That's twice as much as is currently in our atmosphere.

In 2012, Arctic summer sea ice fell to the lowest amount in recorded history.

And when that carbon is released, it may evaporate into methane, which contributes to global warming 34 times more than CO2.

Seventeen of the 18 warmest years on record have occurred since 2001.

The European heatwave in 2003 killed about 70 thousand people. And that was 15 years ago. Things have only grown worse since.

The two-month-long Moscow heat-wave in 2010 killed over 10,000 people.

A University of Hawaii study says by 2100, up to 75 in 100 people will be at a constant risk of death from heat.

Most people have a certain idea of what climate change means in general. But let me tell you, it's much worse.

Imagine life in a few decades; a life that your children, or their children might live.

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