What Living Green Means to Us
At Tomorrow Foundation, we’re deeply passionate about our environment – and “Living Green”. To continue to enjoy clean air, water, and enough natural resources to continue to sustain us for generations to come, we have to take care of our environment and find ways to work with our planet rather than against it.
One of the most pressing issues facing our planet is the rapid deforestation happening across the globe. We are on a mission to stop deforestation and help replenish our forests to continue to provide us with the clean air and healthy soil we need to survive.
We call this mission “living green.” Living green means many things, but at its core is a mission to educate communities on the threat of deforestation and involve everyone in a shared goal of preserving and restoring our forests.
So, why should you join us in our pledge to “live green”?
Deforestation is already a devastating crisis.
Today, only about one-fifth of the original forests that once covered our planets are remaining, and it continues to shrink daily. Forests currently cover around 30% of our global land surface and are home to tens of thousands of species of plants and animals who depend on these forests to survive.
Local communities also depend on forests for the essentials of life like food, medicine, and fuel. They have been the cornerstone of human survival for most of our existence, but they are disappearing at an unprecedented rate thanks to us.
Since the beginning of the 20th century, it is estimated that about 10 million square km of forest has been lost. In just the past 30 years, nearly 2 million square km have been destroyed.
When we lose forests, we aren’t just losing trees. We’re losing the plants and animals that depend on the cool, shady environment that these trees provide. We’re also losing the fertile soil that the trees were once rooted in. Without their roots, the soil becomes loose and erodes with rainfall, further preventing smaller plants from growing.
These trees also filter carbon dioxide out of our air, replacing it with the oxygen we need to breathe. The more trees we lose, the more carbon dioxide builds up in our atmosphere, quickening the pace of climate change.
Lastly, as we lose the tree canopy in forests, they become more vulnerable to drought, contributing to worsening forest fire seasons year after year, which threatens the natural environment and local communities.
Thankfully, it’s not too late to stop deforestation and begin to slowly return our forests to the oxygen-pumping factories they once were.
How can we all start “Living Green”?
We are partnering with local communities, schools, and businesses to help educate people on how we can stop deforestation and begin to restore our environment to its natural beauty.
- Putting a stop to “clear-cutting” and other destructive logging practices and allowing forests to naturally begin to regrow.
- Helping the restoration of forests by replanting trees and other native plant species in areas that have been completely cleared of their natural vegetation.
- Encouraging people to cut back on traditional paper products and other unsustainable materials and to look for more sustainable alternatives.
The easiest way for individuals to help stop deforestation is to consciously consume. By choosing to move away from products that contribute to deforestation and instead of purchasing products made from more sustainable materials like bamboo, hemp, and other materials, the demand for these precious trees decreases.
Additionally, by purchasing from companies that are taking an active role in restoring forests and stopping deforestation, your purchases go even further. Many companies are working with local governments and non-profit organizations to stop deforestation once and for all.
What “Living Green” means to us.
Living Green is not just a catchy slogan; it’s a mission to which we are deeply committed. It is also not something we do alone. By working together with local businesses, community groups, and non-profit organizations, we maximize our impact and can impact greater, more lasting change by connecting directly with people where they live, bringing the issues we’re trying to solve much closer to home.
We encourage you to join us in making Living Green not just a temporary action plan but a lifestyle commitment. If we all join together, we can all continue to enjoy clean air, good food, and a beautiful environment for generations to come.
If you’re ready to start Living Green, check out our Living Green initiative for more information on how you can start taking action to fight against deforestation and help us save our planet’s most delicate environments. Join us in dedicating yourself to Living Green for the future of our shared planet.