Apple’s Lisa Jackson today announced that it is investing in a project to restore and protect mangroves across a 27,000-acre forest in Colombia. Fast Company reports that Jackson, who serves as Apple’s VP of environment, policy, and social initiatives, made the announcement at the Global Climate Action Summit today in San Francisco.
The project will see Apple work to protect and restore mangroves in a 27,000-acre forest along the coastline of Colombia. Jackson says that mangroves can store up to ten times more carbon than a terrestrial forrest:
“These forests are critical because they’re one of nature’s most important tools in the battle against climate change–they can absorb and store up to ten times more carbon than a terrestrial forest,” Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy, and social initiatives told an audience at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco today.
Further, Jackson touted Apple’s commitment to clean energy and said there is no conflict between a healthy planet and a healthy bottom line:
“I’m here today to tell you–unequivocally–that there is no conflict between a healthy planet and a healthy bottom line,” Jackson told the audience at the Global Climate Action Summit. “It’s a false choice, and it’s one we must reject.”
M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International, which which Apple is partnering for this project, explained that ending the destruction of mangroves is one of the biggest things that can be done to combat climate change:
Mangrove trees “have the densest carbon storage of any habitat on Earth,” says M. Sanjayan, chief executive officer of the nonprofit Conservation International, which partnered with Apple on the project. “If you want to actually change the thermostat of the world in your lifetime, then ending the destruction of mangroves and restoring them is one of the biggest things you can do.”
Jackson took the stage at Apple’s September event yesterday to tout the company’s commitment to leaving the planet better than it was found. Apple also recently announced a $300 million China Clean Energy Fund.