NEW YEAR WISHES | 2022
Christmas Greetings and New Year Wishes to our valued partners
2020 is a decisive year for climate change. With increased CO2 emissions, immediate action is needed. This is especially important at a time with accelerated increase in forest fires and deforestation. According to Global Forest Watch (GFW), forest-related emissions have gone up since the Paris Agreement. Between 2015 and 2017 it is 63 percent higher than the average for the previous 14 years, reaching 4,9 billion metric tons per year. By protecting tropical forests and restoring lost areas, tropical forests could potentially provide 23 percent of the climate change mitigation needed to keep warming under 2 degrees.
Starboard has yearly supported our projects with increasing contributions, in line with our annual expansion since start of Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park in Myanmar. WIF has yearly doubled numbers of tree planted, to target 15 million on 6000 ha in 2022. Our aim is 1 billion trees in combatting climate change, using nature's own method, tested during millions of years.
We will expand to new territories in Thailand, Sri Lanka and Gambia in 2022 and aiming at additional new areas in Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Oman, Ghana and Kenya in 2023. A new silver lining for our future is the sharp increase in global interest for natural climate solutions. Without nature, there is no future for life on our fragile planet.
This message of HOPE is sent you from the field, by WIF’s team in the trenches of the climate war mankind must win by working together in solidarity with our neighbours in the global village.
On behalf of our 700 motivated field soldiers
WIF Secretary General.