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LASER COMPONENTS supports environmental project in Mexico

21st March 2023
Harry Fowle

LASER COMPONENTS supports the Plant-for-the-Planet foundation’s renaturation project as one way of contributing to solving the climate crisis.

Instead of the usual employee Christmas gift this past year, the Paul family decided to support the foundation’s Yucatán Restoration Programme in Mexico. At the start, forty trees were financed for each employee. Thanks to this commitment and donations from staff members, the “Photonic Forest” already comprises of more than 10,000 trees.

The ‘Photonic Forest’ is part of an extensive renaturation project in which former forest areas are being reclaimed. In the process, the experts pay very close attention to selecting the right trees and plant only species typical of the region. The seeds for rearing are obtained from the surrounding forests. It is hoped that by supporting the project a thriving ecosystem can once again be restored in Mexico and a contribution to the massive problem of global warming can be made.

“We can’t save the world with trees, but trees can buy us valuable time in the fight against climate change by pulling CO2 out of the atmosphere,” says Felix Finkbeiner, founder of Plant-for-the-Planet. “In our projects, it is important to us to focus on nature. We don’t want to create artificial tree plantations but rather to allow nature to reclaim the forest that humans once took from it. In this endeavour, we are supported by scientists and environmental experts on site.”

“The Photonic Forest is a long-term project, and it is important to us that all of our employees know what is happening with the donations at all times,” explains Patrick Paul, CEO of LASER COMPONENTS. “With the Plant-for-the-Planet foundation, we have found a partner that offers us the greatest possible transparency.  The holistic approach of the renaturation projects also convinced us.”

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