Without trees, human life would not be able to survive because of the way trees ingest carbon dioxide and give out oxygen for us to breathe. Trees contribute to their environment by providing oxygen, improving air quality, climate amelioration, conserving water, preserving soil, and supporting wildlife. During the process of photosynthesis, trees take in carbon dioxide and produce the oxygen we breathe. Trees control climate by moderating the effects of the sun, rain and wind. Leaves absorb and filter the sun’s radiant energy, keeping things cool in summer.

Thanks to our forests ability to behave in this way the earth is able to maintain a stable atmospheric composition and climate because of the action of our trees. Right now, half of the forests on earth have been destroyed and already the rate of climate change has accelerated. If the rest of the trees are destroyed, there will be nothing holding back that carbon, and the earth will become uninhabitable. This is perhaps the most sobering of all deforestation facts.

The current estimated loss of our forests is 60,000 Square KM (size of Ireland) per year at a rate of 50K to 100K, trees per square km this equates to at least 3 billion + trees per year lost. Paper is responsible for close to 50% of this loss. What about the wildlife that depended on this forest, where is that wildlife species now? Are we prepared to keep destroying our forest and wildlife for the sake of making useless paper products that are better transferred to digital products?