During Earth Month, we are constantly trying to think of all the ways we can help our environment throughout our daily lives. There are so many different facets of environmental protection that need our help: oceans, rivers and lakes, animals, air, flora, fauna, and forests. Each of these aspects of the environment comes with a different set of ways in which we can all think of ways to help make our world a better place to be.
Today, we’d like to focus on forests. Our trees provide vital processes that make this world work; for instance, trees absorb carbon dioxide (something we have way too much of in our atmosphere) and turn it into oxygen through photosynthesis, which in turn provides us and our animal friends with the air we breathe. They also provide shade and habitat for animals around the globe that make up our ever-circling ecosystem.
Trees are absolutely critical to our success. Plus, they’re beautiful, and we enjoy them each and every day as we stroll through local parks, go on hikes, and sit underneath one for a family picnic.
That’s why, when we came across Trees for the Future, we just had to share how the organization protects the trees that give us all life, while all the time providing economic mobility for farmers around the globe.
Trees for the Future provides economically unstable and needy farmers with trees and plants, and teaches them how to grow a sustainable forest garden. Most of their work takes place in poverty-stricken areas in Africa.
First, they provide farmers with natural fences they developed, or “green walls”. These green walls are made up of plants but, due to certain properties, serve as a fence to keep out predators. They then provide these farmers with fertilizer-enhanced trees to plant in their gardens and beef up the soil, making it rich enough to place the remaining plants in the soil to grow.
Trees for the Future has found that, after a forest garden is established with a family, the program ends family hunger within a year. Only 13% of program participants were food secure before starting, and 86% are food secure after they graduate with flourishing forests.
The forests they grow provide food for their families, and for other families in the community. On top of that, though, these forests fertilize the surrounding soil which in turn allows other families to plant their own gardens. Not only does Trees for the Future help a single family through this program; they also help entire communities.
One way to help further their mission? Make a small donation. Any amount helps in creating a more sustainable world – both environmentally and economically!