The Nakd Forest
Here at the Nakd treehouse, we think it's so important to look after Mother Nature. Looking the environment means a happier world for all, and ultimately an even yummier, natural wholefoods for us to snack on!
We recently got in touch with the guys at WeForest, an interntional non-profit association raising awareness around biodiverse tree planting. To begin with we were keen to learn how we could off set our carbon emissions but after spending time with the team at WeForest we learnt that we could take it one step further and could do a lot more for the environment than just taking carbon out of the atmosphere.
Since joining the reforestation movement we have funded the creation of a Nakd Forest in both Burkina Faso and Brazil, with over 6,000 trees being planted by local villagers. These new trees will absorb carbon as they grow and create clouds to stabalise our Global Climate.
Here's a few facts about our Carbon Offsetting projects . . .
So why should we regenerate our forests?
Carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in our atmosphere are higher than at any time during the last 800,000 years: average temperatures are rising. Forests are our natural insurance against climate change and have an ability to stabilise the climate and make the Earth cooler. Trees release water vapor and microscopic nuclei needed for cloud formation. Clouds have a high albedo effect, reflecting the incident solar radiation back into space (a bit like the polar ice caps do!).
How has Nakd's Carbon Offsetting project helped?
We planted 4,645 trees in WeForest's Burkina Faso project to offset our 2014 carbon footprint. That is equivalent to 4.6ha of trees. The project's aim is to 'Green the Desert' by replanting the native forest and reversing the decline in biodiversity affecting the local area, whilst promoting a sustainable local economy. The project engages the neighbouring villages to transform the bare land into a fertile, biologically diverse and productive forest that brings livelihood to the region, empowers women and brings education to children. The project has also managed to double the local GDP.
How has Nakd impacted positively on the world's forests?
Alongside the Burkino Faso project, Nakd has also planted 1000 trees in Brazil in the hope to connect isolated, and often small, forest patches to the remaining protected forested areas in Western Sao Paulo State. This activity will enable animals to expand their roaming ranges, avoiding the possibilities of being marooned in isolated pockets of land which could drastically limit their ability to breed.
Is reforestation recognised as a effective method of climate control?
Forests have never had as much recognition as they have recently in the Climate Summit 2014. There has been an obvious emphasis on restoration and has reforestation have now become prominent on the agenda, whereas the previous emphasis was on preventing deforestation. Eva Vogt, the UK Director of Partnerships at WeForest comments:
'Forests have, historically, provided natural insurance against Climate Change. There is an urgent need to re-install the 60% global forest cover we have lost over the last 50 years to have the best chance of stabilising our climatic shifting.'
If you're interested in learning more about just visit www.weforest.org