Two (!) Million Tree Campaign
Part of NCP's If a Tree Falls... program
"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 to one
community in May 2022 - but who's counting... :)
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!" 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
We're beginning work in Nepal, where our partner, anti-trafficking organization
Shakti Samuha, tells us “Climate change leads to instability and instability increases
In Nigeria, we'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
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 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!
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Video highlights of NCP reforestation efforts