Deforestation is one of the most recognizable forms of manmade environmental destruction. Between our reliance on wood and its byproducts, as well as the rapid expansion of farming and grazeland, we have left a path of devastation so wide it is literally visible from space.
While cryptocurrency may seem disconnected from this important topic, the Suni project is closing this gap by using blockchain technology to empower individuals, businesses, and organizations to begin reversing climate change. So even when the market is down, our team is still hard at work.
That’s why we are so proud to announce that our first major tree-planting project will be initiated in Chile and Argentina. Deforestation in these nations has been on a steep incline over the last several decades. Chile has seen an 11% decrease in overall tree cover since the year 2000, and the production of soybean farms is rapidly replacing Argentina’s natural forested areas, as well. Roughly 12.4 million acres of forest has been destroyed in the last 20 years. Environmental restoration is critical in these areas, now more than ever. It took two decades to get to where we are now, but it will take much longer to undo.
Everyone knows that trees are crucial for both CO2 reduction and O2 production, but that’s not all. Arboreal plants act as a filter to help cut down levels of pollution, such as smog and haze, which are on the rise in both of these nations. The Valdivian forests are also a rich habitat for wildlife, including critically endangered species which aren’t found in any other part of the world. The short-tailed Chinchilla of Argentina and the South Andean deer of Chile (their official national animal) are both in imminent danger of extinction. However, these are only two examples out of the hundreds, if not thousands, of creatures which share this classification. Wildlife displaced by deforestation can’t survive outside of their specialized habitats. Those that don’t immediately die have nowhere to live and no ecosystem to support them, leaving them at the mercy of human intervention.
While Suni alone cannot replace millions of acres of lost forestland, we can initiate projects to begin addressing their restoration. In June, we will be supporting a project to plant 1,000 trees in Chile and 1,000 trees in Argentina. While planting 2,000 trees across two different nations is a drop in the bucket, it’s an example of how our platform empowers others to make meaningful change.
Whether it’s deforestation, global warming, oceanic die-off, or anything else, climate change affects everyone. The environment does not recognize national borders, so the repercussions of its destruction are felt by the entire world. As more and more projects like this one are organized and completed, Suni will act as a catalyst for the dramatic shift we need to build a sustainable future.