The Goals Of The Billion Tree Campaign And How You Can Help
Forests are disappearing, and your help is needed to restore and plant trees around the globe. Your donation can turn the tide of deforestation and put down roots today that may bloom in years hence. Join with others to make sure that the forests survive for years to come.
The Plant For The Planet Billion Tree Campaign aims to encourage people, organizations, communities, industries and businesses, and governments to plant one billion trees worldwide annually, reports the United Nations. The idea was inspired by the founder of Kenya’s Green Belt Movement and Nobel Peace Prize laureate for 2004, Professor Wangari Maathai. As of 2015, the Green Belt Movement has managed to plant more than 30 million trees since 1977 in 12 African countries.
According to the U.N., the Billion Tree Campaign was launched on Nov. 8, 2006 in Nairobi, Kenya by the U.N. Environment Program and its partners. On Dec. 7, 2011 in Durban, South Africa, the U.N. handed the campaign over to the Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation. The campaign had 12,585,293,312 trees planted and registered on the Billion Tree Campaign website during its first five years.
The campaign encourages as many individuals as possible to plant trees that are appropriate to a given local environment, including indigenous trees. The campaign also provides advice about tree planting on its website, along with information on reforestation and other issues related to trees. Appropriate and well-equipped partner organizations such as the World Agroforestry Centre based in Nairobi provide links to offer advice tailored to local needs and circumstances.
The objective of the Plant-for-the-Planet Billion Tree Campaign is to plant one billion trees annually by 2025. The number might seem large, but with your help, it’s possible. Every donation made to The Rainforest Site helps to conserve and protect forests all over the world for future generations. You can help today!