Greenpeace Day was originally founded in 1971 by a group of 17 activists in Vancouver, Canada. What began as a small protest against offshore nuclear testing in Alaska has turned into an internationally recognized campaign that strives to support and preserve the Earth. Straight from their mission statement, Greenpeace will never stop fighting for a greener, healthier world for our oceans, forests, food, climate, and democracy. But of course we must ask the question, Why should we care about a cleaner Earth?
National Geographic compared deforestation to a modern day plague. It’s clearing Earth’s forests on a massive scale, often resulting in damage to the quality of land. For years, farmers have practiced slash and burn agriculture to make room for crops. On a small scale this is necessary, but on a large, irresponsible scale, this is detrimental.
Worse yet, many loggers act illegally and build roads to more remote forests, ruining deeper parts of the forest and subsequently negatively impacting habitats for millions of species. Imagine a species’ entire ecosystem disappearing.
Specialists have also made a connection between deforestation and climate change. Forest soils are able to maintain their moisture because of the trees. They act as a sun-blocking cover and they perpetuate the water cycle. Our Earth would be thrown into a crippling drought without our precious trees.
We’ve all heard how trees help us breath. No trees, no humans. Not only do they provide some of our most vital resources, they clean the very air we breathe. If we take a quick trip back to fifth grade science class, we can remember learning that trees take carbon from the atmosphere and turn it into oxygen through a process called photosynthesis. Trees set so many of the Earth’s processes into motion.
Raising awareness on Greenpeace day is a way for us to recognize the deforestation that is happening and work together on a plan to fix it. Yes, we need trees as resources, but we can harvest them responsibly and sustainably. We can also replace what we take.
Just like the founders of Greenpeace Day, we have made it our mission at Furniture Pipeline to support and preserve our Earth. We do that by sustainably sourcing all of our wood and planting 7 trees in heavily deforested areas for every product sold. We made a difference by exposing the problems first and then taking action. Join us today by living a little bit greener! Check out our full story here and to stay up to date on all things Furniture Pipeline by following us on social media @plantedseven !