Gift Trees this Valentines Day

Deforestation is responsible for about 11% of climate change. Protecting forests is a critical solution. Planting trees absorbs carbon dioxide, improves air and soil quality, preserves biodiversity, improves habitats and creates jobs. No matter how large or small the contribution, your gift can have an impact that extends beyond your lifetime — helping to plant trees as a solution to some of the biggest challenges facing our planet.

Trees provide the very necessities of life itself. They clean our air, protect our drinking water, create healthy communities, and feed the human soul. But these life necessities are threatened around the globe.

Climate change affects the things we love most: our children’s future, our hobbies, our passions, our lifestyles, our safety and wellbeing. We’re saying loud and clear — let’s act on climate change, for the love of everything we hold dear. 

Instead of giving cut flowers this Valentine’s Day, why not give a tree? According to the Arbor Day Foundation, planting trees helps to fight climate change.

Through the natural process of photosynthesis, trees absorb CO2 and other pollutant particulates, then store the carbon and emit pure oxygen.

You can reduce your energy use by strategically planting trees near your home. Trees will keep your house cool in the summer and allow the sun to warm your house in the winter. According to the U.S. Forest Service Center just three trees, properly placed around a house, can save up to 30 percent of energy use. Forests are the world’s second largest carbon reservoirs (oceans are the largest). We can’t create new oceans, but we do have the ability to plant new trees. One acre of forestland will capture between 150 – 200 tons of CO2 in its first 40 years. Honor your friends and loved ones this Valentine’s Day with the gift of trees.

Carbon fund

Carbonfund.org is leading the fight against climate change, making it easy and affordable for any individual, business or organization to reduce & offset their climate impact and hasten the transition to a clean energy future.

Carbonfund.org achieves its goals through:

  • Climate change education
  • Carbon offsets and reductions
  • Public outreach

Arbor Day Foundation

Founded in 1972 — the centennial of the first Arbor Day observance — the Arbor Day Foundation is the largest 501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees. More than 1 million members, supporters, and valued partners have helped us plant more than 350 million trees in neighborhoods, communities, cities, and forests throughout the world to ensure a greener and healthier future for everyone.

Trees for the Future

The Forest Garden Program is a simple, replicable and scalable approach with proven success. By planting specific types of fast-growing trees, fruit trees, hardwoods and food crops in a systematic manner over a four year period, families can positively change their lives forever. Forest Gardens consist of thousands of trees that provide families with sustainable food sources, livestock feed, products to sell, fuel wood and a 400% increase in their annual income in four years.

One Tree Planted

As an environmental charity, they are dedicated to making it easier for individuals and businesses to give back to the environment, create a healthier climate, protect biodiversity and help reforestation efforts around the world. All by planting trees!

Started in 2014, they have more than doubled the number of trees planted year over year. Fast-forward to today, they now work with awesome reforestations partners in North America, South America, Asia, and Africa who help us get trees in the ground to restore forests after fires and floods, create jobs, build communities, and protect habitat for biodiversity.

In 2018, we were able to get more trees in the ground than ever before – 1.3 million!

PLANT-A-TREE PROGRAM

The USDA Forest Service Plant-A-Tree Program was established in 1983. The purpose is to allow individuals or groups to voluntary contribute funds directly to the Forest Service for tree planting on National Forests as a positive and personal step toward improving the environment.

HOW TO CONTRIBUTE:
The suggested minimum donation is $ 10.00. For this amount, we can usually plant approximately 10 seedlings, generally conifers. The contributed funds are used exclusively for acquiring seedlings and to cover the cost of planting trees. The Forest Service will take care of the trees as part of their normal reforestation activities. Trees will not be individually identified; we do not plant a specific tree in memory of an individual. Planting takes place during the next planting season following the donation.

Replant Amazon

In the 2019 forest fires, the Amazon lost about 1 Billion trees. Their mission is to replant the lost 1 Billion trees by 2022.

Miyawaki forests are real forests that grow 10x faster than monoculture tree plantation. 15 feet canopy in one year. A Miyawaki forest is 30x more dense with plants, shrubs, bushes and trees of all heights and sizes. These forests are inherently sustainable where all the organic matter and the soil nutrients are naturally recycled.

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