South Africa-based Greenpop, a social enterprise that runs urban greening and reforestation projects in sub-Saharan Africa, is on a mission to plant 5000 trees in Zambia. According to their web site, Zambia has the 2nd largest rate of deforestation in the world. This is the second phase of an earlier initiative that saw over 1000 tree planted in one month in the city of Livingstone. The effort is being promoted on the Indiegogo crowd-funding platform where we found Kenya's enterprising wind energy initiative.
The project is seeking $7,500 in funding to make the initiative a reality. Every $15 donated pays for one tree and all associated costs. For those unable to donate financially, and are physically located near Livingstone, Zambia, sign up and donate your time to make this a reality.
Obviously, flying to Zambia is not advised as both the money spent and carbon footprint would far out outweigh any assistance you could give. Consider just donating your entire trip cost to the initiative. Better yet, plant a tree right where you are. After all, the WORLD needs more trees. A study by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) concluded that “to make up for the world’s loss of trees in the past decade, we need to plant about 14 billion trees every year for 10 years in a row.”
Have you planted a tree today?