What do trees have to do with equality? More than you might think. Because education and income, two key ingredients in combatting inequalities between and within countries, can also, surprisingly, come from planting trees.
Find out how we work and join us in our 2022 Earth Day and World Environment Day campaign, during which we want to gift the planet lots of new trees. That’s why for every tree you plant between 22 April and 5 June 2022, we’ll plant another one and gift it to you after the end of the campaign*. The goal is to reach 20,000 new trees planted. 10,000 from you and 10,000 from us. What do you say, are you in? So join the campaign and plant your tree, and we’ll plant another one to match your commitment.
The Sierra Nevada in Santa Marta, Colombia. Close to the planting areas of Treedom projects
Let’s start with a statement of fact: rural communities in Africa, Latin America and Asia are among the first to suffer from the effects of climate change. Often accustomed to organising their lives and livelihoods around alternating wet and dry seasons, they are facing ever shorter rainy seasons and increasingly frequent extreme weather events. As a result, the livelihoods of entire communities are at risk.
Treedom’s agroforestry projects aim to diversify their opportunities and enrich their skills, ensuring a future that is as environmentally sustainable as it is economically viable. The constant training that Treedom provides, from the construction of the nursery to the planting and daily care of the plants, gives the farmers the skills and tools they need to ensure a sustainable future, including in economic terms. Some are involved in transporting the plants from the nursery to the individual project beneficiaries (often finding creative solutions to do this in areas where infrastructure is lacking), and others specialise in a single task, such as grafting (a process that can shorten the time to first harvest by several years).
Training, work and cooperation are at the heart of what we do. By working together with local people, we set in motion a virtuous circle, even for those not directly involved in the planting activities. Together with them, and thanks to them, we’re building a greener and fairer future for everyone.