With the 50th anniversary of Earth Day fast approaching in 2020, Earth Day Network is launching a series of major campaigns over the next four years to catalyze and channel global collaboration for the health of our planet. Trees for the Earth is the first of these campaigns. Its goal is to plant 7.8 billion trees worldwide by 2020—one for every person project to be on Earth.
While Earth Day Network will be working in diverse locations to further the campaign’s goals, we will focus on helping developing countries meet their international climate commitments made under the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement through supporting agroforestry, land restoration, and afforestation and reforestation projects. Planting trees and enhancing forest cover is critical work because it has the potential to restore land, benefit local communities, and combat climate change. In fact, poverty is linked to deforestation, and without tackling sectors like agriculture and forestry, it will be nearly impossible to avoid the worst consequences of climate change.
Trees for the Earth has already planted or secured commitments to plant over a billion and a half trees. However, we still have a lot of work to do. Moving forward, we will need to obtain commitments from governments and pledges from the private sector, form partnerships, become involved in large-scale land restoration projects, motivate individuals to plant trees, secure financing for projects, and much more.
This is where you come in. Whether it’s through the partnership of your organization, your personal actions within your community, or your ability to contribute financially, we need your help.
One great way to support this campaign is through donating to the Canopy Project. One dollar, one tree. Just click here.
You can also directly support the implementation of the Trees for the Earth campaign by donating here. This will provide the funding needed to seek out and secure financing for these critical reforestation projects in developing countries aiming to combat climate change.
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