We used to say, “Save the Planet”, while it is actually our civilization, not the planet, that will disappear if we do not drastically change the direction we are heading in. The Earth will continue to turn for a very long time after we disintegrate under the force of its self-defense. Before we started with agriculture more than 11,000 years ago, there were almost twice as many trees on the planet as there are today. As we increased in numbers, the number of trees decreased, at first very slowly, but alarmingly quickly today, like flames spreading over all the continents.
Research has shown that the total global forest loss has so far caused an increase in total carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by as much as 25%, which is more than all traffic on planet Earth! Reforestation has been scientifically proven to be the simplest and most effective response to climate change and a reduction in global warming, as trees are the best natural air purifier and carbon dioxide absorber. In addition, reforestation, as the most favorable method of combating cleaner air, is available to countries with less developed economies. Nature conceived everything perfectly, a long time ago, it is up to us to hear it. According to the UN, it has been calculated that if a surface of 6% of the Earth’s terrestrial surface was reforested, it would be sufficient to absorb and neutralize most of the carbon dioxide emitted by humankind, thus almost halting the global warming process and significantly improving the quality of the air we breathe. This is why we urge all states to commence with the systematic, global reforestation, in every possible corner of our planet. After the industrial and technological, it is time for the Green Revolution!
It is high time for Serbia, as one of the countries with a serious pollution problem, to make a maximum effort and embark on massive reforestation. We call on the Government of the Republic of Serbia, and the relevant ministries, to commit themselves, through strategic documents, to the creation and implementation of a national plan whose first objective is to raise reforestation of Serbia from the current 28% to at least 40% of the total surface area of our country! At the same time, we are seeking to put a moratorium on logging forests and public green spaces, thus halting the further decline in reforestation. We want to extend this initiative to the neighboring countries, as our whole region is endangered and instead of being the greenest, in harmony with its nature, it, unfortunately, leads in Europe in terms of pollution.
Environmental protection is a top priority of the European Union and we are grateful for the support we have received from the European Commission President Ursula von der Lajen for the first reforestation activity. In this open letter, EXIT, the Student Parliament of the Faculty of Forestry, University of Belgrade, the Nature Conservation Movement of Vojvodina, Supernatural, Recan Foundation, the Friends of the Forest and Defend the Forests of Fruška Gora groups have joined together, along with numerous artists and collaborators from Serbia and neighboring countries. Only together can we make a real change, and that is why we invite all citizens, scientists, engineers, athletes, artists, all organizations, media, public and private companies, local governments and all state institutions to come together to accomplish this greatest task in the history of our civilization. This goal is above all ideological, racial, national, religious and political divisions. It is the most important of all goals, because without it there will be no other goal in the world.