From 2001 to 2012, deforestation rates dropped 40 percent in the amazon, correlating to a 30 percent lower particulate emissions rate.
Researchers calculated this deforestation reduction resulted in 1,700 fewer deaths per year due to particulate-caused cardiopulmonary disease and lung cancer (source).
As well as being a vital asset to our health, trees plays a huge part in preventing the devastating effects of climate change, regulating rainfall and climate patterns, reducing Co2 and cleaning our air.
According to the UN, we lose 88,000 sq. km of natural forest globally every year - that's an area of forest the size of London lost every week, or roughly one football pitch every 2 seconds. Only 17% of what’s left has any kind of proper protection.
We need trees for a variety of reasons, not least of which is that they absorb not only the carbon dioxide that we exhale, but also the heat-trapping greenhouse gases that human activities emit. As those gases enter the atmosphere, air quality degrades and therefore increase the likelihood of respiratory conditions such as lung cancer.
Fire is the dominant method through which forests and vegetation are cleared. Fires emit large quantities of particulate matter into the atmosphere, which degrades air quality and affects human health. Consequences of this air pollution can lead to an increase of lung cancers in the population
An estimated 8% of the earth’s carbon that is stored in living forests worldwide is stored in the forests of the Democratic Republic of Congos. The Congo Basin rainforest plays a critical role in regulating the global climate by absorbing CO2.
Overwhelming evidence shows that particle pollution in the outdoor air we breathe—like that coming from vehicle exhaust, coal-fired power plants and other industrial sources—can cause lung cancer. More trees means more of that toxic air would be captured
An estimated 10 per cent of cotton buds are flushed down toilets and can end up in waterways and oceans.
The UK will have to plant 1.5 billion trees if it is to meet its pledge to reach net zero emissions by 2050 – and this needs to “happen quickly”, government advisers have warned.
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£60 is what Lucy’s awesome original artwork will cost you but above all what will be given to his chosen charity – ??.
Here is what Lucy has to say about it all –
“In my work, I try to raise awareness on environmental issues such as air/ocean pollution and deforestation along with health concerns such as lung cancer.
The image of the tree is very present in my art as it symbolises for me our deeply rooted connection to nature as well as our negative impact on nature.
I am interested in seeing patterns across the issues that I touch upon. This is why I deform and transform the figure of the tree by representing it under different forms : it is either depicted with a rib cage instead of a tree trunk, linked with an umbilical cord to a newborn child or its roots growing octopus tentacles.”
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