Action Plan #9
Reforestation / Afforestation
Assisting vulnerable children with their goals to improve the education and opportunities from ages 4 to 18.
Reforestation/ Afforestation focuses on:
- Replacing/planting every tree that we have used in our RNGC action projects since 2010.
- Reforestation is the intentional restocking of depleted forests usually by deforestation. To increase carbon capture ‘Afforestation’ is creating forests where there has been no previous tree cover.
- Replacing all the paper, textbooks, packaging, fence posts, building structures, tree coal for cooking food and sticks to start fires 3 times a day.
- As part of the world’s ecosystem, we all want to reverse the damage we have caused through deforestation, loss of natural habitats and land degradation.
- One step towards erasing our carbon footprint is to be socially responsible and environmentally friendly as we journey through life.
- Eliminating pollution and carbon from the atmosphere.
- Creating cloud cover to lower temperatures and encourage rain and humidity during drought which helps with our waterways. Planting trees in tropical climates with wet seasons has another advantage. In such a setting, trees grow more quickly (fixing more carbon) because they can grow year-round. Trees in tropical climates have, on average, larger, brighter, and more abundant leaves than non-tropical climates. A study of the girth of 70,000 trees across Africa has shown that tropical forests fix more carbon dioxide pollution than previously realized. The research suggested almost one fifth of fossil fuel emissions are absorbed by forests across Africa, Amazonia and Asia. Simon Lewis stated, “Tropical forest trees are absorbing about 18% of the carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere each year from burning fossil fuels, substantially buffering the rate of change.”
- United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:
Environmentally friendly/ life on the land/ zero hunger/ good health and wellbeing/ gender equality/ sustainable communities/ climate action/ Embracing global partnership for sustainable development.
- N.B. Wikipedia states, ‘Forests are an important part of the global carbon cycle because trees and plants absorb carbon dioxide through photosynthesis. By removing this greenhouse gas from the air, forests function as terrestrial carbon sinks, meaning they store large amounts of carbon. At any time, forests account for as much as double the amount of carbon in the atmosphere.: 1456 Forests remove around three billion tons of carbon every year… Therefore, an increase in the overall forest cover around the world would mitigate global warming.’
- The specific UN Global Goals mentioned above that we include in our action project are: