Protect Our Climate: Protect Pacific Forests

  • by: Pacific Forest Trust
  • recipient: Governor Jerry Brown, Governor Kate Brown, and Governor Jay Inslee
2018 has been the hottest year on record in one of the hottest decades on record. We're witnessing the devastating effects of climate change including extreme weather events such as floods, fires, and droughts.

Our climate is rapidly changing due to the buildup of heat-trapping gases, especially carbon dioxide, in our atmosphere. But, did you know that the loss and degradation of our forests is one of the biggest reasons why – second only to fossil fuel emissions?

The U.S. is losing an average of 1.5 million forested acres per year. The good news is that, unlike vehicles, forests can reabsorb carbon emissions – when protected, forests are the safest, largest, and most expandable carbon sink in the world. Our temperate forests of the Pacific Coast provide a cost-effective climate solution while also providing rich wildlife habitat, clean water, and sustainable economic benefits.

However, without immediate action, the benefits provided by these forests will disappear and be replaced by increased levels of atmospheric CO2 and a greater chance of catastrophic weather events.

We can't solve the climate crisis without our forests. That's why we are calling on the governors of California, Oregon, and Washington to immediately implement policies that reduce forest loss, restore forests' natural functions, and reforest former forests, in order to reduce CO2.

Sign and tell your governor to take immediate action for our forests and climate by implementing policies to protect and preserve Pacific forests.
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