6813 trees raised this Arbor Month!
by Carla Wessels
Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to trees this Arbor Month. The enthusiasm and support we experienced in September is a true credit to all our TREEmendous supporters.
We believe planting trees can help save the world.
Our Arbor Month campaign was spurred on and inspired by international research that “highlights global tree restoration as our most effective climate change solution to date” [The global tree restoration potential].
It is clear that tree planting has the potential to be one of the most efficient solutions to climate change.
However, context is key.
Tree planting is not the most appropriate intervention for all biomes – and careful research and consideration should be given before attempting a forest restoration project.
At Greenpop we plant trees in existing, degraded forest ecosystems – across Sub-Saharan Africa.
We believe in planting trees where it is contextually relevant.
The trees raised in September will be planted in 2020 as part of our on-going forest restoration programme, Forests for Life.
Forests for Life aims to plant 500,000 trees to restore degraded forest areas, increase biodiversity, and expand ecosystem services across Sub-Saharan Africa by 2025.
As a South African organisation, Greenpop is acutely aware of the complex challenges associated with indigenous forest management in Sub-Saharan Africa. As such, we design our projects with a pro-community stance which recognises the local threats to reforestation success and incorporates solutions that benefit both forests and local communities.
To implement this work, Greenpop works with passionate and effective, local, small-scale conservation and sustainable development organisations across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Learn more about our programme here.
Our Campaign Ambassadors:
Thank you to our Arbor Month Campaign Ambassadors, who helped us spread our message far and wide. Our campaign was supported by environmentalists and climate-change experts from across the world, including:
John Dennis Liu – Ecosystem Ambassador, Commonland Foundation & Founder of Ecosystem Restoration Camps.
Nirmala Nair – Climate Change Expert, School of Practical Sustainability.
Jan Mcalpine – Former Director, United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat.
Zolani Mahola – South African Singer & Musician
Benjamin Mibengi – Environmental activist
Felix Finkbeiner – Founder, Plant for the Planet
Kia Johnson – TV & Radio Presenter
Nik Rabinowitz – Comedian and Small Wave Surfer
Lauren Teasdale – Managing Director, Greenpop
Misha Teasdale – TREE-E-O, Greenpop
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