On May 7, 2021, we announced our commitment to the World Economic Forum’s One Trillion Trees Initiative. By 2030, we pledge to sequester 300 million tons of CO2e through nature-based solutions and our forest carbon program. By rewarding landowners for carbon stocks, we incentivize sustainable harvesting practices and protect carbon-rich forests. Landowners leverage carbon finance to justify forgoing the option of aggressive commercial harvesting, leaving forests intact and growing for generations to come.
The decision to join One Trillion Trees was an easy one. Their goal—to conserve, restore, and grow one trillion trees by 2030—is crucial in the fight against climate change. 1t.org shares our belief in the value of nature-based solutions and science-based implementation. Forests are proven to be an imperative tool in the fight to slow climate change. They’re critical for protecting habitat loss, maintaining biodiversity, and safeguarding the watersheds we all depend on. Leaving forests as a healthy forests is one substantial way that we can address climate change.
1t.org is also a powerhouse at connecting and mobilizing organizations to create real progress. We saw an opportunity to support meaningful action and encourage a diverse group of people to collaborate to this end. With pledges from private and public entities all over the world, the Initiative has an undeniable momentum that we believe will result in measurable, scalable climate benefit.
We’re honored to count ourselves among the many other organizations that are connected to the U.S. chapter of 1t.org. Meaningful discussions are going on in this group that will influence the future of international and domestic forest carbon and we are excited to contribute our experience. The diverse range of pledges and organizations represented illustrate the “all-hands-on-deck” mentality that is necessary to truly make the progress needed toward our shared climate goals.