MONTREAL, March 21, 2017 (Press Release) -Did you know a single tree is capable of absorbing 10 pounds of carbon dioxide each year?
Studies have shown that a mature oak tree can take in 369 gallons of water each day, which is important for oxygen production and the prevention of soil erosion. And just one tree can produce the same cooling effect as 10 air conditioning units running for 20 hours a day.
For these reasons and many more, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 21 as the International Day of Forests. First established in 2012, the International Day of Forests celebrates forests and all that they provide to communities and economies worldwide. The UN works with government agencies, community organizations and the public to promote International Day of Forests activities, which include tree-planting campaigns, exhibitions and information about the importance of trees and forestlands.
“As a producer of pulp, paper and personal care products, Domtar is proud to join in the celebration of the International Day of Forests,” said Paige Goff vice president of sustainability and business communications for Domtar. “Our future success is rooted in the forest, so we are working to recycle and reuse wood fibers and to find ways to turn wood waste into renewable energy that can fuel our cars, heat our homes and power our manufacturing plants. Forests employ millions of people, they clean and cool the air we breathe, and they are a huge part of our everyday lives.”
Forests cover roughly one third of the world’s landmass. Nearly 1.6 billion people from more than 2,000 indigenous cultures depend on forests for their livelihoods. Forests are vital to countless living creatures, Earth’s various ecosystems and every person who lives on this planet. Forests provide shelter for more than half the world’s terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects. They provide the oxygen we breathe.
Globally, forests store 283 billion tons of carbon in their biomass. Trees help moisten the air with humidity and protect watersheds that supply fresh water to rivers. The value of trees and forests is not lost on forest products companies such as Domtar, which depend on healthy forests to sustainably provide a wide variety of useful products that people depend on.
Domtar’s Sustainable Forestry Principles illustrate how our company aims to leave the forests it depends on better off for the long term.