We’ve got to plant trees, but how exactly? We’ve got a few ideas for you to consider.
Beyond their serene beauty and calming presence, trees play a pivotal role in combating the escalating crisis of climate change. As environmental consciousness takes center stage, the significance of these leafy giants becomes ever more apparent.
According to the USDA, a mature tree can absorb 48 pounds of carbon dioxide in a year, with this remarkable capacity growing to a ton over its lifespan of around 40 years. But it’s not just the individual efforts that count. When united, trees wield extraordinary strength in curbing carbon emissions.
But we understand that we all can’t plant trees day in and day out, but we can change our habits to support organizations and programs that do just that.
There are plenty of organizations that have made planting trees a priority for themselves and their solutions are so simple you don’t even have to get up from your couch to participate with them. Here are the organizations that plant trees on your behalf for using their products/apps:
- Ecosia search engine uses its ad revenue to fund tree-planting projects around the world. With each search made on its platform, Ecosia uses about 80% of its profits to support reforestation efforts in areas affected by deforestation and desertification.
- Save’s ESG portfolio: With our ESG portfolio, we are participating in the reforestation and restoration of forests in New York state. For customers who select the ESG portfolio, we automatically process and plant trees in New York state on your behalf. Through this program, 20,000 trees will be planted. The photo above is of the planting site in New York state.
- ForestNation offers tree-planting kits for people to plant trees in their own yards and areas. Without spending any of your own money, you can also plant trees by playing their ForestPlay quiz game. Additionally, they encourage individuals and businesses to plant trees to offset their carbon footprint.
- SeaTrees by Sustainable Surf allows individuals to help restore coastal ecosystems, particularly mangrove forests. The program supports tree planting projects in locations like the Biak Island Region of Indonesia and Kenya to sequester carbon and restore critical habitats. To help, you can donate to their cause, or simply register for their newsletter and they automatically plant one tree on your behalf. As of July 2023, they’ve planted/protected 3 million sea trees.
- One Tree Planted is a non-profit organization that partners with various businesses to plant trees around the world. For every dollar donated, one tree is planted by them. They work with individuals, corporations, and non-profit organizations to support reforestation efforts in different regions.
- The Arbor Day Foundation is dedicated to tree planting and conservation efforts. They offer programs like “Tree City USA” that encourage tree planting in urban areas and provide free trees to homeowners for planting in their yards. They have an ultimate goal of planting 500 million trees by 2027.
- TreeSisters is a global network of women supporting the reforestation of the tropics. They empower women in diverse cultures to take collective action for the environment by funding tree-planting projects and restoration initiatives. Since 2012, they’ve funded and planted more than 27 million trees.
- Eden Reforestation Projects is committed to reforesting areas devastated by deforestation. They hire local villagers to plant trees and restore critical ecosystems in countries like Madagascar, Nepal, Haiti, and Indonesia. They are currently restoring and monitoring over 241,150 hectares of land
- Tentree is a sustainable apparel brand that plants ten trees for every item purchased and they offer additional packages for purchase to offset your monthly carbon footprint. They have partnered with organizations like Eden Reforestation Projects to support reforestation efforts globally. Over the past 10 years, they’ve planted over 85 million trees, as of 2022.
These organizations provide easy ways for individuals to contribute to reforestation and climate change mitigation efforts simply by using their products or participating in their initiatives. By supporting these organizations, you can make a positive impact on the environment and help combat climate change.
A greener world isn’t just an ecological dream; it’s an economic and social reality. The United Nations projects that transitioning towards a more sustainable, tree-rich economy could generate a staggering 24 million new jobs by 2030. It’s a synergy of environmental restoration and economic growth that promises to redefine our planet’s future.