Danish telethon raises cash to plant a million trees
Danes donated around 2.4 million euro (£2.6 million) for the planting of trees, in a Telethon event on September 14 described as the world’s first to focus on the climate.
For every donation of 20 Danish kroner (about $3 or 2.7 euros), one tree will be planted, and 20 percent of the funds raised will go to forest conservation efforts in Denmark and abroad.
The objective of the event broadcast on public TV channel TV2 was to raise 20 million kroner in order to plant one million trees in the Scandinavian country.
At the end of the televised event the funds raised were still a little shy of the goal, but enough for the planting of 914,233 trees.
“It’s a positive way to inspire people, showing how to make a difference, with a small act to tackle the climate crisis,” said Kim Nielsen, founder of the Growing Trees Network Foundation, which is part of the project.
“One million trees it’s not a lot in a global perspective, but the idea is to make people aware of what they can do,” Nielsen said.
The first trees are expected to be planted sometime between late October and late November in protected areas owned by certain municipalities, the State or the Church in Denmark.
And this from Africa:
Tanzania: 50 Million Trees Set to Be Planted in KilimanjaroTanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)
Strategies are underway to make sure 50 million trees are planted in Kilimanjaro region under the ‘Trees 4 Kili’ Project.
A Director with the project, Mr. Thomas Munuo said that the trees to be planted during this year’s long rain season are meant to combat drought and possible desertification. He said that the project aims at reinstating the once famous green scenery of the region that is home to Africa’s highest mountain – Kilimanjaro.
Already one million trees have been prepared, adding that a closer follow-up of growth of the trees will be maintained to ensure they do not wither. Mr. Munuo stated that felling of trees and failure to plant new ones has adversely affected the region, causing a huge decrease in ice on the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. Rain has substantially decreased in the region as years unfold.
And also encouraging:
The Parliament of the World’s Religions joins partners from Religions for Peace, Green Faith, Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative, Regnskogfondet, UN Environment, World Council of Churches and the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology in support of the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative’s Faith for Forests campaign.
Faiths for Forests is a a global call to action to all faith-based organizations, networks and places of worship around the world to join the movement to end the destruction of the planet’s rainforests and advocate for climate justice.