Ending globally deforestation would reduce climate pollution by roughly the same amount as eliminating emissions from all the vehicles, vessels, planes and trains in the world.
Ending globally deforestation, most of which occurs in the tropics, would reduce climate pollution by roughly the same amount as eliminating emissions from all the vehicles, vessels, planes and trains in the world. Doing this while also promoting large scale forest restoration on environmentally degraded lands would provide roughly a third of the near-term emission reductions needed to meet global climate goals. The single largest driver of deforestation is agriculture—the conversion of forests to farmland, primarily for the production of globally traded commodities such as cattle, soy, palm, coffee and cocoa. Climate Advisers Trust works other nonprofits to call out the financial risks created by unsustainable practices within these industries as well as with consumer goods and agricultural companies to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains and productive lands. We develop innovative policy solutions to create incentives for forest conservation and restoration. We hold companies accountable for forest clearing that accelerates climate change, reduces biodiversity and harms local communities.