Our planet is in environmental trouble. But it wasn’t always like this.So the questions become, how did this happen? Is there something we can do about it?
Let’s give you a very brief history of how our planet’s sustainability became threatened.
It’s actually very simple and straightforward. In 1800 we had only one billion people on the planet.At that time, the Earth was able to regenerate its biosphere quicker than we, as one billion people, were able to extract its natural resources.
But then, we invented a revolution that would help us extract more resources than ever before.
Enter: The Industrial Revolution.
Our productivity skyrocketed after the industrial revolution. People moved from the country to for what we now call a modern city. More people, in a denser space, led to a population increase.
By 1920 our population had doubled, from one billion to two billion. Think about that. It took us ALL of humanity to reach one billion. And then, boom. Just like that, in a blink of an eye, historically speaking, we doubled. Did the earth’s resources double? Obviously not.
But things are just getting started. From 1920 to 1960, our population grew by ANOTHER billion. First billion took our entire existence. The second billion spanned 120 years. Third billion took just 40 years. Again, did the Earth’s resources grow at the same rate? Sadly, not.
The fourth billion happened only 30 years later in 1970. The fifth billion in 1980. The sixth billion in the year 2000. Today we stand at the precipice of 7 billion people on the planet.
To recap, in 220 years our population has grown by 600%, while our planet’s resources have sharply declined.
Think about it this way. Imagine you are hungry and decide to order some pizza. You, being alone, order a personal pan pizza. It arrives and it is enough to satisfy your hunger. Then, the next day, six of your friends show up. All of a sudden, that pizza that was enough for one person, is far from enough for all seven of you.
So what’s the solution? Well, the solution is as simple and straightforward as the problem. If you can, bake more pizza right?
How do we apply that logic to planet earth? It’s easy. We need to curb deforestation by planting more trees. If we are part of the problem, we can become part of the solution.
People tend to dismiss the dangers of deforestation as hippy nonsense. What harm would a few chopped down trees actually do to the planet, those critics argue.
Actually, it’s more than ‘a few’.The real number is closer to 18 million acres of forest per year.That’s one and a half acres every SECOND! Put it another way, that’s 20 football fields every minute. However way you break it down, it’s staggering and alarming.
I can hear critics saying “so what? They’re just trees!?”.
Well, 28,000 species are predicted to become extinct in the next 25 years due to deforestation.We tend to forget how many species call the forest their home.
Still not convinced? How about this: 121 natural remedies which are then converted into modern medicine can be found in forests—and this number is increasing every year.What if the cure for cancer is out there somewhere, and we end up chopping it down to extinction before we even discover its therapeutic properties?
And the last, and perhaps most important reason to help fight against deforestation is climate change.It doesn’t matter which side of the debate you fall in.Whether you think climate change happened naturally or was caused by human activity—the undeniable, irrefutable truth is, more trees help reduce the effects of climate change.
Trees give us cleaner oxygen to breathe.They provide shelter for thousands of species.They provide us with life-saving medicine.
Just don’t forget. The solution is as simple as the problem. If we are cutting too many trees for the earth to regenerate naturally, we have to help plant trees.But who will lead the battle?
Do not despair.
Selvatica, the number one outdoor adventure park in Latin America is leading the charge.Selvatica has a social commitment program called “Seed of Life”.It’s simple.We put a tree seed in an expired Selvatica helmet.Then we plant that helmet into the ground and let nature take care of the rest.
What started out as a simple project has ballooned into a major movement.Today, Selvatica’s “seed of life” tree-planting program has planted over 300,000 oxygen-releasing trees! That has shrunk the carbon footprint by an eye-popping 7.8 million tons!
You see it’s all about the circle of life.First, our helmet protects our most precious resource, our brain.Then, after the helmet expires, it helps protect Mother Nature’s most precious resource, our forests.
We want to show our travelers that, if we team up together, we can help save the planet.
Join the Selvatica tribe.Help us fight the good fight. Our planet is in danger and needs our help.
Come to Selvatica and have an unforgettable day of outdoor adventure tours…then become part of the solution by participating in our “seed of life” program and help save the planet.
Selvatica’s Seed of Life Program.
Join the Tribe & Become Part of the Solution.