Forests for Water
PROTECTING WATER SOURCES
We all know that the current state of the environment is nothing less than critical. Issues such as climate change, deforestation, and generation of huge amounts of waste are ever present in the media, and many of us are working on ways of dealing with them before it’s too late.
The issue is so urgent that what used to be called global warming is now considered as a climate crisis. And if nations don’t honor their commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 45% before 2030, global warming will exceed 1.5 degrees Centigrade by the end of the century (IPCC – 2018). If this happens there will be irreversible damage to the environment, with dire consequences to our lifestyles.
Fortunately, there is still time to reverse this trend, and one of the most efficient and cost effective ways of doing so is through ecological restoration, or reforestation. If we are to diminish the level of carbon emissions which are so dangerous to life on earth, we need to plant 900 million trees by 2050. It has been amply proven that reforestation is the most efficient and quickest way of rebalancing our environment – trees sequester and store carbon, create wildlife habitat, regulate hydrology, and provide many more ecosystem services. With all these benefits trees provide, it’s vital that we get to work, the sooner the better.
In India, as in other countries, one of the effects of the climate crisis is shortage of water, directly affecting the lives of 1.30 billion people. Continued deforestation along with this water shortage will result in an ever deteriorating situation.
We need to take action immediately.
What can we do?
Without trees there is no water, and without water there is no life. So if we plant trees, we plant water. It’s a joint effort, Early Action and local communities, working together to attack the problem at its root. At the Forest Nursery we grow tree seedlings to be planted on hillside water catchment areas and along the river banks on family farms in the region. In this way, rainwater runoff is minimized, vegetation cover is increased, and water resources are protected and restored.
Here’s where Forests for Water comes in. We offer tree seedlings, advice on organic fertilizers, and help with planting and monitoring the tree for the first 2 years. As environmental awareness grows and demand for forest restoration increases, we at Early Action are stepping up our efforts to plant more trees in fulfilment of our mission of Saving Forests and Changing Lives. So far, we’ve planted over 50,000 trees, but that’s not nearly enough. If we’re to save the planet we need to do a lot better.
Forests for Water has worked with a number of wonderful corporate partners over the years.
If your company is interested in partnering with us on this program, please check our partner’s page