Million Tree Campaign
Part of NCP's If a Tree Falls... program
Half the world's forests are already gone. And without out them, our world is hotter, drier, with more floods and erosion, and there is less oxygen, habitat, beauty & birds! And of course, there is more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, as deforestation is a major cause of climate change.
However, a report by Swiss scientists in 2019 estimated that if the world planted 1 trillion trees, over the course of their lives these trees would remove nearly 1 trillion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. A more recent study noted that returning 30 percent of strategically selected farmland to forest could save over 70 percent of anticipated plant and animal extinctions.
That's why New Community Project launched our Million Tree Campaign on Earth Day 2019! Our goal is to plant 1 million trees in the next decade in Africa, South Asia and the Americas. It's all part of our overall If a Tree Falls... program, and is designed to up our game in response to the looming specter of climate change and on-going destruction of the world's forests, even as the number of living creatures on earth continues to drop precipitously as their forest homes disappear.
What will be planted where? In Congo (at right), our partners will plant mango, avocado,
oranges and other fruit trees for food and to sell, eucalyptus and acacia for firewood
and building material, and moringa trees for medicines. They are aiming for
25,000 tress this year. Jackfruit and avocado are planted for food by our co-worker
Jimmy Zan in Myanmar, and pan sein for firewood (limbs grow back after being cut
off, plus it has a beautiful blossom). Many trees there are planted along roads in the
hill areas to stop erosion. In Malawi we are working with our partner Creative
Solutions to create food forests with a mix of medicinal and fruit trees, nitrogen-fixing
trees, and firewood trees. In Rwanda, women in a microloan group we support are
excited to plant fruit trees and reforestation trees: "People will notice - women do
not typically do these things!" In South Sudan the focus is on trees like jackfruit, moringa, firewood - and rain. Our partner there, Paskwale Ben, tells us he's planting "rainforest": "If we plant trees, the rains return," he says.
And we're beginning work in Nepal, where our partner, anti-trafficking organization
Shakti Samuha, tells us “Climate change leads to instability and instability increases
trafficking"; in the Ecuadorian Amazon we are supporting native communities who are
fighting off timber harvesting, oil companies, and -palm oil plantations; and in Nigeria,
we're now working with a group restoring mangroves in the Niger Delta (so ecologically
important on so many levels). Read all about Mangroves to the Rescue!
Help us create habitat, food, medicines, shade, rain - and safety! Your contribution can
also offset your carbon emissions - a tree in the tropics takes in around 50 pounds of carbon
every year! And these trees will just make our world beautifuller :)
$1 plants 10 trees
10 trees absorb 500 pounds of CO2 per year
or $1 plants 2 mangrove trees
2 mangroves and the soil beneath them store 450 pounds of CO2 over 25 years
Make a difference – plant trees!
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As with all our Special Projects, 100% of donations go to the programs - really!
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