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Tree Planting Nonprofit Lauds Public Response to Global Initiatives like #TeamTrees

Washington, D.C. (November 8, 2019) – Tree planting and regenerative agriculture nonprofit Trees for the Future (TREES) says 2019 has brought a shift in the public’s attention to tree planting initiatives. The 30-year-old nonprofit has planted more than 168 million trees globally and has pledged to make it to 500 million by 2025. 

“I think the public is waking up to the urgency of the current climate crisis,” says Trees for the Future Executive Director John Leary. “We’ve seen three major reputable scientific studies published this year alone regarding climate change and some very high profile climate activists have taken to the world stage to educate and raise awareness.  A solution that is easily communicated to society is tree planting, and we’re really excited to see people latch onto the idea!”

With increasing support from corporate, foundational, and individual support, TREES began more projects in 2019 than ever before. The organization reports an increase in overall engagement, following, and funding this year as their projects continue to flourish (comparisons pictured below).

Tree planting efforts are gaining traction across the web, with October welcoming #TeamTrees (a group of YouTubers) aiming to plant 20 million trees in just a few months.

“It’s heartening to see efforts like Team Trees’ take off,” Leary says. “A win for one tree planter is a win for all of us! We need people actively participating in tree planting and proper land stewardship around the world – none of us can do it alone.” 

The veteran tree planting organization partners with like-minded organizations to have a greater impact on people and the planet and is a proponent of sustainable development and a grassroots approach to tree planting.

“There are so many ways to support tree planting efforts, but I caution new tree planters and their donors to recognize that there’s a lot more to tree planting than just planting trees,” Leary says. “In planting our first hundred million trees we learned very fast that there is no quick fix to deforestation and climate change, the job needs to be done right and donors have the power to make that happen.”

Trees for the Future’s Strategic Growth Plan outlines their path to sustainable change and 500 million trees by 2025, read it here

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Trees for the Future is working to end hunger and poverty for smallholder farmers through revitalizing degraded lands. Learn more about Trees for the Future and see their latest data in their 30th Anniversary Special Edition 2019 Impact Report

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