SANTA CLARA, Calif., August 10, 2023 /PRNewswire/ --As wildfires rage across northern Quebec, destroying a record-breaking 1.5 million hectares in the boreal forest alone, VisitorsCoverage, a global travel insurance marketplace, has stepped up efforts to aid reforestation. The new initiative is an extension of our partnership with One Tree Planted, a non-profit organization that partners with businesses to plant trees all over the world.
Why Quebec Needs TreesClimate change is caused in major part by an overabundance of Carbon Dioxide. Trees are the single best way to reduce CO2 because they breathe it in and convert it to oxygen. Without trees, we will see a rise in deadly heat waves, droughts, and yes, wildfires.
"At VisitorsCoverage we want to do our part in the fight against the alarming impact of climate change. We are taking this step to protect the planet just as we protect our clients' travels," said Rajeev Shrivastava, CEO of VisitorsCoverage. "This partnership with One Tree Planted affirms our continued commitment to furthering eco-friendly efforts and contributing, in our way, to the conservation of the environment for future generations."
Reforestation fights climate change by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the air and releasing more oxygen into the atmosphere. Preserving our forests and planting more trees is essential to solving the growing environmental crisis. VisitorsCoverage is committed to this initiative and believes this collaboration with One Tree Planted will create lasting positive change for the environment and ultimately allow future generations of travelers to experience the natural beauty of the planet.
Canada's boreal forest is one of the world's richest ecosystems, and accounts for 9% of the world's forestation. Threaded with beautiful blue lakes and streams teeming with majestic spruces, firs and pines, and home to black bears, caribou, moose and great gray owls, this forest is as much a work of art as it is a vital driver of the country's environmental health. And in Quebec the forest has been besieged by wildfires for the last four months.
ccording to the Quebec Provincial Forest Fire Control Agency, 3.2 million hectares of forest have burned in Quebec since the 2023 wildfires began. To put this into perspective, the average number of hectares burned in all of Canada is 2.5 million. While Quebec needed reforestation prior to the wildfire devastation, that need has now intensified exponentially.
The Human TollSo far, hundreds of Canadians have been forced to leave their homes. In what should be their peak season, the livelihoods of hunters and fishermen are now in jeopardy as businesses are shuttered.
Air quality issues caused by toxic smoke from the wildfires are already impacting the health and wellbeing of many residents. Inhaling toxic smoke and ash from these wildfires could damage the lungs and heart and even weaken our immune systems.
These health concerns aren't confined to Canada's borders. Air pollution from the fires is now impacting the lives of many Americans.
VisitorsCoverage's Promise to the PlanetVisitorsCoverage was founded on one simple goal: helping people. Whether we're helping immigrants settle in America, retirees live out their travel dreams, or students explore and learn about their world, helping and doing good is at the forefront of everything we do. We partnered with One Tree Planted to do just that.
"The devastation in Quebec should be a wake-up call for all of us to do our part," says VisitorsCoverage CEO Rajeev Shrivastava.
A Shared Mission to Protect & ConserveOn the surface, a company that sells travel insurance and an organization that plants trees don't seem to have much in common. Dig a little deeper, however, and you'll find that both VisitorsCoverage and One Tree Planted are driven by a commitment to protect and educate. One company aims to protect travelers, while the other aims to protect the world they travel. We are proud to continue our partnership to ensure that travelers and Mother Earth stay protected for generations to come.
About One Tree Planted:
One Tree Planted is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit on a mission to make it simple for anyone to help the environment by planting trees.Their projects span the globe and are done in partnership with local communities and knowledgeable experts to create an impact for nature, people, andwildlife. Reforestation helps to rebuild forests after fires and floods, provide jobs for social impact, and restore biodiversity. Many projects have overlapping objectives, creating a combination of benefits that contribute to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.To learn more, visitonetreeplanted.org.
About VisitorsCoverage Inc.:
Founded in 2006, VisitorsCoverage has helped millions of customers in over 175 countries find the travel insurance they need to feel safe, secured and well prepared for their journeys. Our award-winning and innovative marketplace of top-rated travel medical and trip insurance plans helps travelers research, compare and buy affordable travel insurance online in minutes. Find insurance for the way you travel at VisitorsCoverage.com.