Two (!) Million Tree Campaign
Part of NCP's If a Tree Falls... program

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"With your help, we have planted 67,099 trees in the past three years," they told us on our visit in May 2022 -

but who's counting... :)

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 there is more carbon dioxide in

the atmosphere, as deforestation is a major cause of climate change. Yet here we learn that

the world's forest still store up more carbon - over 7 billion tons - than the US emits annually. 

                                                                                   

All this is why New Community Project launched our Million Tree Campaign on Earth Day 2019.

And thanks to the support of our network and tree-planting efforts of our partners, we've now 

raised our 10-year goal to TWO Million Trees! 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 (photo), 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 (see video at right!) we are working with our partner

Creative Solutions for the Environment to create forests with a mix of medicinal and fruit

trees, nitrogen-fixing trees, and firewood trees - and to mitigate climate change. "With your help,

we have planted 67,099 trees in the past three years," they told us on our visit in May 2022 -

but who's counting... :)

 

In Rwandawomen 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!" Pygmy women (photo)

there are taking the lead in planting fruit and medicinal trees in

their communities, with over 36 of them involved. "They sometimes

will not eat fruit for a year, as they cannot afford it," our partner

Etienne tells us. And they weren't daunted by the damage done

by ash deposits from a volcanic eruption in nearby Congo,

which destroyed three-quarters of the 250 trees they had planted. 

They're back up to 220 saplings.

In South Sudan the focus is on trees like jackfruit, moringa, 

firewood - planting 80-90,000 per year. And rain. Paskwale Ben tells us he's planting "rainforest": 

"If we plant trees, the rains return," he says.

In the Ecuadorian Amazon we are supporting native communities 

who are fighting off timber harvesting, oil companies, and

palm oil plantations, while engaged in planting indigenous trees

in areas where they've been logged. Renown artist Cesar Paseguea

uses his art to advance the cause of forest protection (see paintings

of nature with and without the "iron beetle") while receiving NCP

support to do reforestation around his village along the Aguarico

River. 

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 Nigeriawe're now working with the Tropical

Conservation Centre to restore mangroves in the 

Niger Delta (so ecologically important on so many

levels - photo at right.) 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

or $1 plants 2 mangrove trees

2 mangrove trees (and offshoots) and the soil beneath them store 1000 pounds of CO2 

Make a difference – plant trees! 

Send donations to NCP at our VA address, or here:

 

 

 

 

 

Get your club, congregation or school group involved.

As with all our Special Projects, 100% of donations go to the programs - really!

 

Click the "W" to:

Download this awesome Skit 

 

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Campaign Poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here's an album with photos and stories.

 

 

 

 

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Earth Week campaign for girls' education and reforestation raised $7650 & a grant tripled all gifts! 

Video highlights of NCP reforestation efforts

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