Greenpop hopes to plant 10,000 trees for Arbor Month which will go a long way towards their goal of 500,000 by 2025… and you can help them do it!
South Africa – Arbor Month is a celebration of trees and all that they do for our beautiful planet. They do more than just feed us, protect us from the sun and give us clean air. Trees combat noise pollution, prevent flooding, cool down the earth’s surface and provide habitats for our sweet little birds and critters. They are an integral part of the Earth and need to be protected.
Arbor Day was first launched in Nebraska, USA over 140 years ago as a way to save the soil on the farmlands. It was a competition held by the agricultural department to see who could plant the most trees in one day. They were used as windbreaks to prevent topsoil from blowing away.
It is said that over 1 million trees were planted on the first-ever Arbor Day. Now the day is celebrated globally, and each place has its own date. Arbor Day in South Africa is held on the 1st of September, Arbor Week is the 1st to the 7th, and in true South African style, we also dedicate the entire month of September to trees.
There are several organisations that focus on trees in SA. Greenpop works all over the country to plant trees. Since 2010, Greenpop has planted over 100,000 trees around South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. Now they are hoping to plant 500,000 by 2025.
“In response to the recent study showing that tree planting is the best way to mitigate climate change, Greenpop aims to dramatically increase our tree count, with a bold new goal of 500 000 trees by 2025.
This Arbor month (September 2019), we aim to set our new goal in motion by raising: 10 000 trees.”
Since the start of September, they have raised funds to plant 3,942 trees. They need to raise funds for a further 6,058. One tree costs R120.00 and can be donated in a loved one’s name.
The best part is when you donate a tree for a loved one; you get sent the GPS coordinates as well so you can always know where your tree is. They are planted on protected land to ensure they live long, healthy lives.
You can find out all about donating a tree here.