How are we helping?
Our plan to help fight the climate crisis and give back to our planet involves restoring and replenishing land, air and oceans. We are starting with tree planting as this is something we can all get involved with today, right now, at home or with one of the numerous tree planting charities around the world. The number one thing that needs to happen to curb emissions is to stop mankind’s use of fossil fuels. Tree planting is not an excuse not to cut fossil-fuel emissions, it’s not an action that negates other climate action, we need to do everything we can. We are aware that tree planting is not the silver bullet, but this is a starting place.
Planting native trees allows us to remove contaminants from the air, provide communities with jobs and store carbon. As re:earth grows we will be proving you tools for conservation, ocean and water solutions as well as repairing peatland and ways to save the soil all via our app (launching late 2021).
If people planted 1 trillion trees, we could remove 1/3 of carbon.
"Best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, second best time is now"
What is important is that it is not trees for the sake of trees. It is about restoring natural habitats from forests to peatlands, oceans to rivers. Giving back what has been taken. Recently Greenpeace brought to the worlds attention that the Amazon lost a forest area the equivalent to 14 times the size of New York City between August 2019 and July 2020! Deforestation is accelerated globally due to increased industry and agricultural activity.
Tropical forests alone can provide 23% of the climate action we need over the next ten years to meet carbon emissions mitigation goals set in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. Forest are home to 80% of life of Earth! In 2020 alone, we have lost 25.85 million hectares of forest. We are not the only ones who call this planet home and mankind’s continual destruction of habitats is resulting in a loss of species.
Trees are important for so many reasons, to start with they are the Earth’s natural climate solution for eliminating carbon emissions. They absorb greenhouse gases from human activities, taking carbon out of the air and lock it away. Trees give us oxygen, stabilise the soil and provide a home for wildlife. The canopies of trees act as a physical filter, trapping dust and absorbing pollutants from the air. They provide shade from solar radiation and reduce noise! Not to mention the medical benefits they provide – over 20 species of British trees and shrubs alone are known to have medical properties. They reduce wind speeds and cool the air, they reflect heat upwards from their leaves reducing the temperature if towns and cities. Research shows that within minutes of being surrounded by trees and green space, our blood pressure drops, our heart rate slows and our stress levels come down. We have so much to thank trees for, the list of benefits seems endless.
When we remove trees through deforestation not only are we losing these majestic CO2 vacuums and all of the benefits they provide, but the carbon dioxide that they hold is released back in to the atmosphere.
Once the trees have been planted there is much more work to be done, may organisations claim to plant hundreds of thousands of trees aiding them in green washing their core activates. Then there is the social context. We know that too many reforestation projects do not last. Organisations plant trees and walk away, as soon as the project teams have gone, the trees get cut down for timber or land use. Only when the local communities benefit from ecosystem restoration can the projects be truly sustainable, it is important to use trusted partners and projects to ensure the trees are looked after into maturity.
It is also about the right tree in the right place as it can be dangerous to restore the wrong areas. For example, planting trees in a native grassland, would destroy local biodiversity. We plant native trees in temperate and tropical forest as research has shown that planting in boreal forests that would otherwise be covered with reflective snow, can warm the planet. The right ecological information is vital. We want to maximise carbon storage without damaging biodiversity. The trees we plant through our partners also benefit local communities and provide jobs and education. We aim to promote and connect with indigenous people to protect and restore forests, enabling them to continue leading the stewardship of the land as they have done for thousands of years.
Who do we plant with?
Currently we are planting with Tree Nation, One Tree Planted, Trees For Life and SeaTrees, across Tanzania, Uganda, India, Brazil, Peru, Indonesia and Scotland. Read more about them and what trees we have planted below. 776 native trees planted , more to come. Check out our map for where we have planted so far.
190 Mangrove Trees
58,520kg of CO2 sequestered
SeaTrees work with local communities on Biak Island, Indonesia to plant mangrove trees to restore coastal ecosystems. We chose to plant with SeaTrees as 'blue-carbon' coastal ecosystems - like mangrove forests - are 5-10x more effective than a rainforest at removing carbon from the air. Every mangrove planted provides sustainable employment for two villages on Biak Island, Indonesia. Helps to protect Biak Island from storm-surges and sea-level rise. Creates critical habitat for threatened species. Sequesters carbon in one of the most efficient ways possible. Each mangrove tree planted sequesters approximately 680 lbs [308kg] of C02 over its lifetime.
We have planted 190 mangrove trees so far with SeaTrees and we can not wait to plant more.
Trees For Tigers
104 Acacia Auri Trees
24,960kg of CO2 sequestered
We have planted with the Trees for Tigers project via Tree Nation, a company that is aiming to unite all tree planting efforts worldwide to fight climate change. Trees For Tigers is being implemented on the fringes of Similipal National Park at Jamukeshwar village range (District Mayurbhanj, State of Odisha). Similipal National Park is home to the only known habitat of the elusive melanistic, or black, tigers. Similipal is one of India’s oldest tiger reserves. Declared in 1973 under Project Tiger, it contains 2,750 sq km of forest and is prime habitat for tigers, prey species and elephants.
We have planted 40 Acacia Auriculiformis trees and 64 Dalbergia Sissoo trees with this project so far.
67 Acacia Trees
10,720kg of CO2 sequestered
We have planted in the Peruvian Amazon via Tree Nation. Deep in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon, Camino Verde is a US-based non-profit organisation dedicated to protecting and understanding biodiversity in the Peruvian Amazon. Alongside protecting indigenous rights, autonomy, and wisdom. Spreading sustainable ways of life and encouraging fair, sustainable development. Their work lies at the intersection of people and forests. Planted via Tree Nation.
We have planted 67 Acacia trees with this project so far.
Trees For Life
54 (Various) Native Trees
By the 1950s only about 1% of the original Caledonian Forest remained. Trees for life is rewilding the Scottish Highlands, planting native trees such as Scots pine, willow, birch, rowan, hazel, alder, holly, aspen and bird cherry back to the Caledonian Forest.
We have started a Grove with Trees For Life, over the last 2 yoga events we have raised funds for 54 trees in the Grove at Dundreggan, near Loch Ness in beautiful Glenmoriston.
One Tree Planted
6 (Variety) Trees
Uganda now has one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world. We planted 6 trees so far with One Tree Planted, they are working with local farmers in Paibona, Northern Uganda to plant trees on their land. These trees will provide the farmers with sustainable food and income by growing fruits, nuts, and medicines. A variety of trees will be planted based on the needs of specific sites. These include indigenous trees such as the Shea (Vitellaria paradoxa), which produces shea butter; Afzelia africana, an endangered hardwood; and several Acacia species. Useful non-indigenous trees include Grevillea robusta, Gmelina arborea and Leucaena leucocephala as well as fruit trees like Avocado and Papaya.
Usambara Biodiversity Conservation
10 Croton Megalocarpus Trees
3,800kg of CO2 sequestered
The Croton Megalocarpus tree is only indigenous to ten countries, Tanzania being one of them. We have planted in Usambara Biodiversity Conservation, Tanzania. This projecting is working to preserve biodiversity in the Eastern Arc Mountains rainforest with Tree Nation. This project is addressing the high level of deforestation around Forest Nature Reserve, the need for environmental conservation education, and extreme poverty alleviation through agroforestry.
We have planted 10 trees here.
3 Pacará Earpod Trees
1,444kg of CO2 sequestered
This project is part of Tree Nations efforts to replant 40,000 native trees in Rio Preto Jacundá Extractive Reserve, Amazon, Rondônia, Brazil. We have planted trees in Amazonia Rioterra to rewild after illegal deforestation. The plantation of native species with an economic interest (cocoa, cupuaçu, açaí, amazon nuts, andiroba) are intended to increase the family income of traditional populations.
Explore our Tree Map
Our last two yoga events have enabled us to plant 776 trees across the world where they were most needed. See the map below to learn which native trees were planted where.
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