The tree is a universal symbol of life, energy, and hope. In 2018, we hope to explore the relationship between trees and cities through art, which will help us appreciate the rich biodiversity of our planet and realize the importance of preventing deforestation and preserving the environment.
Deforestation and Urbanization
Trees comprise irreplaceable ecosystems, and are key cultural and economic lodestones around the world. Trees offer us food, housing materials, and other life necessities. However, deforestation continues to rise and is a critical environmental issue. Deforestation affects everything from climate change and animal populations to local economies and quality of life. It is now largely driven by global urbanization and trade.
- According to the National Geographic, forests are home to 200 million people, currently covering about 30 percent of the world’s land mass.
- According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, forest loss contributes between 6 percent and 12 percent of annual global carbon dioxide emissions, and around half of the world’s tropical forests have been cleared.
- According to the World Wildlife Fund, around 36 football fields worth of trees lost every minute.
Although we cannot stop it completely, we have the power to slow it down.