As part of its ongoing commitment to a healthier planet and healthier people, Yutaka has joined forces with conservation organisation www.onetreeplanted.org – a non-profit organisation focusing on reforestation. We’re excited to announce that we’ll be paying for our first 5000 trees to be planted in Indonesia over the coming months.
Why are trees important?
Without trees, we wouldn’t survive – they’re the biggest plants on the planet, create oxygen, store carbon, stabilise the soil and support over 70% of our planet’s wildlife.
Trees are under threat because of humans – according to onetreeplanted, we destroy an area of forest or woodland the size of a football pitch every two seconds and some 80% of our forests have already disappeared. Deforestation is down to unsustainable logging, widescale clearance for agriculture and other industries as well as general environmental degradation due to climate change.
What does onetreeplanted.org do?
One Tree Planted is a non-profit organisation working with high-profile reforestation programmes across North America, Latin America, African and Asia – some of the regions’ most badly hit by loss of forests. Donations are pooled and then sent to the charity’s forestation partners in the different parts of the world.
Yutaka has decided to donate 5000 trees to a project in Indonesia – home to magnificent rainforests, carbon-rich peatlands and diverse wildlife like orangutans, proboscis monkeys, Sun bears and over 1,700 species of birds. The project focuses on the Kalimantan region in Borneo, home to the Tanjung Puting National Park. In 2015, rampant fires burnt and destroyed more than 30,000 hectares of its forest. We work to restore areas affected by these fires, as well as those threatened by the palm oil industry and illegal mining operations.
We’re very excited to be supporting such important work and we’ll update you as and when we have news about the project.