Who is One Tree Planted?
One Tree Planted is a 501C3 non-profit environmental charity with a focus on global reforestation. They work with partners in North America, South America, Asia, and Africa to get trees in the ground and restore forests after fires and floods. They also focus on creating jobs, building communities and protecting the habitat for biodiversity.
In 2019, they planted over 4 million trees across 18 different countries.
View their media deck, follow them on Instagram or learn more on their website.
Why did we choose this organization?
I spend a lot of my free time in the outdoors. Not only do I enjoy the beauty and entertainment that it provides, but I also appreciate the forest's role in our ecosystem.
"Trees help clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and provide habitat to over 80% of the world's terrestrial biodiversity. They also provide jobs to over 1.6 billion people, absorb harmful carbon from the atmosphere, and are key ingredients in 25% of all medicines."
Whether it's from deforestation because of humans or natural disasters, a large amount of trees are destroyed each year. One of my goals is to help replace those lost trees.
A personal story about planting trees
I remember planting pine trees at my family's home when I was around ten years old. They couldn't have been more than a foot tall during the time of planting. Last year, after pulling up the driveway my mom asked, "do you remember planting those trees?" We both looked at the massive pine trees planted 25 years ago and kind of laughed. What was once a foot tall is now towering over the driveway. It also made me feel old so the laughter faded shortly after.
That experience motivates me to plant even more trees. In 10 years, what will the 4 million trees planted in 2019 by One Tree Planted look like? In 20 years? Knowing that a simple act today can make a lasting difference for decades is a great feeling.
A preview of what's to come
Here's a short video showing One Tree Planted in action. We're going to be making more videos and updating our community as planting events resume. Stay tuned and make sure to follow us on Instagram for behind the scenes action and some of our favorite forest photos.