Putting down roots: The forest communities fighting climate change
March 14, 2018

We live in a world where our attention spans are getting shorter and the demands on it are getting bigger.

A world in which we’re bombarded with short films - often with shocking messages - that have been cut so fast that if you blink you’ll miss them.

Putting Down Roots is different.

At 15 minutes, it’s longer than most campaigning films, and rather than highlighting what’s wrong with the world, it focuses on people who are making it better.

From the remote Scottish coast to the foothills of the Himalayas and the Xingu basin in the Amazon, a grassroots revolution is unfolding in which communities are restoring diverse forests to areas which were once stripped of their trees.

The benefits are manifold: community-led forest restoration is bolstering rural people’s livelihoods, stemming biodiversity loss and helping in the fight against climate change.

The stories in this film – and its central message, which is underpinned by powerful evidence – show how stopping deforestation and restoring forests prevents emissions, removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and transforms lives.

If we are to achieve the aim of the Paris Agreement and limit warming to 1.5 degrees, then it’s a message which needs to be heard. And one which is worth 15 minutes of anyone’s time.

For additional information read our report Return of the Trees.

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