As part of Earth Day, Apple said Friday that its grant to the Applied Environmental Research Foundation will go toward conserving mangrove forests in India, the second such project the company has funded as part of its to reduce logging, by supporting the communities with items like portable bio-stoves that allow people to cook without cutting down mangroves for firewood.. Apple said the foundation will work with local communities
"The fight against climate change is a fight for the communities around the world whose lives and livelihoods are most threatened by the crisis, and that's where we've focused our work — from Colombia to Kenya to the Philippines," Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, said in a statement. "Our new partnership in India continues this momentum, helping a community benefit economically from the restoration of the mangrove forests that protect against the worst impacts of climate change."
Though Apple didn't say how much investment it's focusing on the mangrove project in India, the communities it's working with are spread across 21,000 hectares of mangrove forests. That's similar to the 27,000 hectares it worked to support in Colombia with Conservation International, which.
Apple's project in India is its latest in a series of efforts to offset the massive environmental impact created by the millions of iPhones, iPads and Mac computers it makes, ships and sells. The company, up from 1.65 billion the same time a year prior.
Some of Apple's efforts have focused on projects like conservation and reforestation. Apple has also invested in projects to recycle materials used to make its devices,. Earlier this week, the company said last year were recycled, its highest level yet. The company has to reduce their carbon footprint as well.
Apple's mangroves project comes at a time when scientists around the world are raising alarms about the dangers of so effective at pulling carbon pollutants out of the air.spurred by human activity such as manufacturing, deforestation and travel. Other tech giants including Samsung, Microsoft, Google and Amazon have announced their own programs to offset their carbon footprint, reduce the environmental impacts from their products and invest in conservation efforts. Companies including Apple have begun focusing on mangrove forests in particular because they're