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Atlantic Forest, Brazil. c. Ricardo Alexandre Fotographia Ricardinho

If you follow the news headlines about forest degradation, it’s easy to despair. But the first four years of Trillion Trees have shown there are reasons to hope — perhaps even 20 billion reasons, as our Executive Director John Lotspeich explains.

I grew up in Louisiana, a rural, slow-paced sort of place, where trees were essentially a cash crop, and timber rights were used to top up family finances. I don’t remember any conversations about renewing the landscape or making stocks last.

Decades later, I spent a formative year in France, lodging with the Denis family, who tended their woodland…

Community tree planting near Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Credit WWF

International Day of Forests, 21st March 2021

This year, the UN’s annual celebration of forests has chosen restoration, recovery and well-being as its theme. As humanity begins mapping its way out of the coronavirus pandemic, this is a most welcome focus. As with so much of nature, the world is finally waking up to the extent of our dependency as human beings on these complex, life-sustaining eco-systems.

Forests provide water, food, medicine and livelihoods to millions of people around the globe: 90 percent of those living in extreme poverty depend in some way on forests for income. Forests stabilise local…

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