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Education Initiative Middle/High School
GoPaperGrowTrees.com Why should we care what happens to American forests? Our forests are basically our ecological life-support systems, providing all of us with clean air and water.
GoPaperGrowTrees.com Tree Truth #1: The use of paper actually helps to keep U.S. forests growing and managed for better sustainability. Trees harvested for paper are grown on private land. In the U.S., private landowners plant about 4 million trees every day. That’s 3–4 times more than they harvest.
GoPaperGrowTrees.com Sustainability Definition: –Sustainability means to live within our limits so that the planet can meet the needs of future generations too. To the paper and pulp industry, sustainability means: –Caring for the environment and our businesses –Caring for present and future needs –Continuing to use resources wisely
GoPaperGrowTrees.com Tree Truth #2: In the U.S., the pulp and paper industry is the largest producer and consumer of renewable energy.
GoPaperGrowTrees.com Tree Truth #3: By linking the power of paper with the efficiency of electronics, we can communicate better and help maintain the best environmental balance possible.
GoPaperGrowTrees.com – Dr. Patrick Moore, Co–founder of Greenpeace/Chair & Chief Scientist, Greenpeace Strategies, Inc. “Forestry is the most sustainable of all the primary industries that provide us with energy and materials... To address climate change, we must use more wood, not less. Using wood sends signals to the marketplace to grow more trees.”
GoPaperGrowTrees.com Did You Know? Private landowners own nearly 60 percent of our U.S. forests and supply more than 90 percent of our harvested wood.
GoPaperGrowTrees.com Did You Know? There are more than 750 million acres of U.S. forestland. That’s one–third of the U.S.
GoPaperGrowTrees.com Did You Know? Three trees are planted for every tree harvested in the U.S.
GoPaperGrowTrees.com Did You Know? In the next 30 years, the U.S. could lose 44 million acres of forest to development.
GoPaperGrowTrees.com Did You Know? In 2009, 63.4 percent of the paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling. That’s 325 pounds for every man, woman and child in the U.S.
GoPaperGrowTrees.com “We are in danger of losing the magnificent working forests in America, as properties continue to change hands according to economic and environmental pressures. It is time we focused on keeping working forests as forests, because of the role they play in preserving the green infrastructure of the nation.” – Lawrence Selzer, President and CEO, The Conservation Fund
GoPaperGrowTrees.com Paper is Reusable, Renewable and Recyclable. Trees are a renewable resource that will keep growing and growing.
GoPaperGrowTrees.com Paper is Reusable, Renewable and Recyclable. Unlike nonrenewable resources, such as coal, oil or natural gas, forests regenerate naturally, and good forest management increases their abundance.
GoPaperGrowTrees.com Paper is Reusable, Renewable and Recyclable. Renewing your resources is just as important as reusing your products. Paper lets you do both.
GoPaperGrowTrees.com Paper is Reusable, Renewable and Recyclable. By recycling, we recover and reuse the natural wood fibers. By using new fibers, we help ensure that U.S. forests are managed responsibly and that new forests are planted.
How Long Will Our Fiber Supply Last Without New Fiber? “Even with maximum recycling, we would run out of fiber for making paper products within a few months if fresh fiber were not added to the fiber cycle.”
GoPaperGrowTrees.com Computers Don’t Grow on Trees. Nearly 60 percent of all U.S. paper is recycled, but only 18 percent of all electronic devices are.
GoPaperGrowTrees.com Print Pays Back to the Environment. When you use paper, you are making a contribution to the environment by keeping forests growing and responsibly managed.
GoPaperGrowTrees.com – Jonathan Porritt, Chairman, UK Sustainability Development Commission “There aren’t many industries around that can aspire to becoming genuinely sustainable. The pulp and paper industry, however, is one of them. It is inherently sustainable.”