#TriviaTuesday: How much oxygen does the average 50-year-old tree provide? 1. Enough for 1 person a year 2. Enough for 4 people a year 3. Enough for 8 people a year . . . . . . If you guessed enough for 4 people a year than you know your stuff. Assuming it lives 50 years, a single tree will produce 6,000 pounds of breathable oxygen in its lifetime, enough for about four people a year.
The crystal-clear waters of West Papua, Indonesia, teem with life. In fact, one might call the area the epicenter of marine biodiversity. This region is home to more species of fish and coral than any other region on Earth. In 2015, a historic move was made to declare the area a Conservation Province, a first for both Indonesia and the rest of the world. The designation is important both symbolically and in ensuring the future health of the province’s astonishing ecosystems. And now, with conservation efforts as important as ever, the people of West Papua are working to make sure communities continue to build upon sustainable development models that protect biodiversity for generations to come.
Trees convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, but did you know more than 20 percent of the world’s breathable oxygen is produced in the Amazon rainforest alone? . We’re working to kickstart a revival for the world’s largest rainforest by planting new trees — tens of millions of them. The project aims to restore 73 million trees in the Brazilian Amazon by 2023.
The most cost-effective way to keep freshwater clean for human use? Nature itself. . Forests, rivers and wetlands filter out contaminants, store excess water, and in some cases even drive rainfall, so maintaining the health of those ecosystems — typically far upstream from population centers — is critical.
Bogota, Colombia has as many people as New York or Rio, but at 2,600 meters it’s the highest large city in the world — too high to pump up water from below. The city relies on the amazing paramo ecosystem for all its water. Paramo vegetation acts like a sponge to absorb water, which is then delivered downstream to people throughout the Amazon — but it's under threat. . At @ConservatonOrg we’re working in the region alongside local governments and partners to restore these lands, preserve biodiversity and protect vital natural resources to ensure freshwater for all. . @conservacioncolombia
Rainforests are one of our best defenses against #ClimateChange, yet each second rainforest the size of a football field is lost. This month we’re partnering with @NewdayInvesting to bring awareness to rainforest preservation and how you can make a difference. Link in bio to learn more.
“You would be forgiven for feeling blue about the state of the climate today. A new report released today issues an ominous warning: The world is on track to blow past the limit at which runaway climate change will upend life as we know it…When a report like this comes out, we’re presented with choices: give in to despair and fatalism, or keep working. It’s easy to throw your hands up and assume that a ghastly climate future is sealed…I choose to keep working — not only because we can’t afford not to, but because there is ample cause for hope… Yes, climate change is already here. But we can avoid the worst that is yet to come. The solution is in our back yard.” – Shyla Raghav, @ConservationOrg#ClimateChange Lead . Link in bio to learn more.
Protecting and restoring forests represents 30 percent of global action needed to mitigate the worst effects of climate change. That's why Conservation International is committed to preventing deforestation and supporting the restoration of the planet’s vital forests of all shapes and sizes around the world – from temperate to tropical, redwood to mangrove.