As part of our Positive Impact mission to make better choices more accessible for our community, we’ve partnered with Eden Reforestation Projects and Treepoints to plant trees for coffees purchased.
It’s no secret that trees are one of the best ways to fight climate change. They suck CO2 out of the atmosphere every single day, provide homes for wildlife, stop deserts from spreading and turn barren grounds back into fertile woods and farmland.
Eden Reforestation Projects is a 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to provide fair wage employment to impoverished villagers as agents of global forest restoration. Read on for more detail about their work and why we plant trees with them.
There are lots of people planting trees all over the world, which is absolutely brilliant. But we think the people doing it best are the Eden Reforestation Projects. Why? Well we think they put it rather well:
“Eden Reforestation Projects’ mission and vision are to recreate healthy forest systems, alleviate suffering, empower people, and build local economies in impoverished communities.
Eden has become a model for environmental restoration and land management, while at the same time lifting thousands of people out of extreme poverty.
Over the past 15 years, Eden has planted over 333 million trees in 8 countries, providing over 3 million workdays to thousands of improvised villagers.”
With Eden Reforestation tree planting, not only are trees being planted which reduces the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. These projects also support communities and ecosystems around the world, contributing to sustainable development.
Reforestation is one of the best climate change solutions we have. This is because trees absorb CO2 from the atmosphere, restart water cycles, and stop deserts from spreading. They also provide a habitat for other flora and fauna. Our planet’s trees are being destroyed at an alarming rate to make way for farmland, to provide fuel, and to create products that we use. We need not only to stop deforestation, we need to actively restore the earth’s forests to mitigate climate change. This is why planting trees is so important.
When you pay to plant a tree, you’re not just paying for the actual seedling. Your donation also covers all of the expenses involved in tree planting. This includes nursery costs, transportation of seedlings to the reforestation sites, planting, guarding, and weeding to allow a head start on vegetation.
Eden has been awarded a platinum seal of transparency from Guidestar for commitment to transparency of use of funds.
Eden Reforestation Projects plants only native species trees, and these vary from nation to nation. They make sure to never plant or introduce any invasive species at any of their project sites, as this would upset the natural biodiversity of the region.
In addition, Eden also plants a percentage of agroforestry species for sustainable community use. This prevents a community from going into newly restored forests and provides greater community benefit and involvement in the project. If you’re interested in knowing more about the kind of trees Eden plants across their project nations, they have made a complete list available.
Not too long ago, tree planting as a climate solution was criticised, as people rightly asked how can we make sure that the trees we plant don’t just get chopped down again? Well Eden has put several measures in place to make the chances of this happening as small as possible.
Eden Project have created this helpful video on the monitoring and verification that they do for all of their projects: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHZjpyBuu6k