Partners for the Planet has had almost one million trees planted for its 3×3 Campaign: 3 million trees planted by 3 million kids to fight global warming. Together kids around the world are putting trees to work to change the course of global warming.
A look at the tree situation in Zimbabwe
(April 2014) This week, our partner Zimconserve sent us their report for the first quarter of 2014. It is such a great introduction to the situation in Zimbabwe and explains so well why their tree planting and tree preservation efforts are instrumental to the country’s future that we want to share the entire report (it’s actually very short) with everyone! Here is an extract, then you can download the 2-page note.
“In addition to food shortages there are also major firewood shortages in Zimbabwe. With less than 30% of the country having access to the unreliable grid electricity, about 90% of Zimbabweans rely on wood for cooking. With 70% of the population rural based and highly dependent on farming and firewood for survival, significant challenges lie ahead.
Hungry and energy starved, Zimbabwe’s people have cleared large areas of the rural landscape for firewood and agriculture in recent years. Forestry Commission data estimates Zimbabwe has lost an astonishing 30% of its forest cover in the last 20 years.” Read the full report here.
National Tree Planting week in Zimbabwe
(December 2013) Zimconserve co-hosted the National Tree planting week in Seke rural district on the first week of December. A clean up campaign preceded the tree planting exercise in the wake of waste management challenges bedeviling the country’s cities and towns.The objectives of the clean-up were to ensure environmental sustainability, to promote environmental awareness,to restore community pride, to promote local trade and tourism, to engage communities in long term environmental initiatives and to eradicate environmental diseases such as cholera, typhoid which thrive in dirty environments.
10,500 trees were planted by approximately 1000 local farmers and school children. The trees that were planted include Acacia, Moringa and Pigeon pea. The trees were planted to address people’s livelihood needs for income generation, fuel wood, timber, fruit, fodder and non timber forest products while halting and reversing the trend of the forest loss and related environmental degradation in Seke rural areas.
In addition, Zimconserve educated villagers on building fuel efficient cook stove as a tree conservation strategy, and Seke villagers on how to plant and care for their trees.
More empowered youth and more trees in Zimbabwe
(November 2013) Recently, ZimConserve provided training to students in 10 schools on various topics, including Sustainable Land Management, Agroforestry Technologies, The Forest Garden, Integrated Production Systems, Agroforestry for Livestock Management, Fuel-Efficient stoves, Integrated Pest Management, Composting, Income-Generating Activities, Major Agroforestry species, Seed Collection, Storage, and Pretreatment, Bareroot Nurseries & Barestem Seedlings, Sapling Protection & Dry Season Maintenance.
They established 20 seedling nurseries, from which 200,000 seedlings of 16 different tree species have been planted. Students are planting trees in their families’ fields and gardens to diversify and sustain agricultural productivity and produce fruits and moringa to increase food security and generate income. Many of the school groups who established nurseries are also selling seedlings to other community members, using the profits they earn to cover school fees.
There was also an award for the best essay writers on given tree topics this term and 20 pupils received seeds and tools from ZimConserve for a practical exercise of tree planting projects.
On a side note, ZimConserve is working on a project to bring cook stoves to isolated communities in the country. These fuel-efficient cook-stoves reduce household wood use from three or four bundles of wood per week to just one, creating up to a 66% wood savings, they produce substantially less smoke than the traditional three-stone fire, so women and children inhale less smoke and are less likely to have smoke related illnesses. Finally the fuel-efficient cook-stoves contain the fire within the stove at the side of the kitchen, so women and children are less likely to incur serious burns compared to a traditional three-stone fire.
The demand for the project is huge but ZimConserve is lacking resources to expand the project. You can support them with a donation by using their bank information below:
Name of bank: POSB
Bank Account Name: Zimconserve
Bank Account Number: 104570000061
SWIFT Code: PWSBZWHX
Address of the Bank: Cnr 3rd/Central Avenue,Harare,Zimbabwe
Postal address of Zimconserve: P.O BOX 3, Seke, Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe
ZimConserve: it’s all about sustainable land management!
Our Campaign Partner ZimConserve is doing impressive work in Seke, Zimbabwe: they have trained 2,000 youth in 10 schools in agro-forestry. Young people are taught about nursery establishments and seedling production, as well as agro-forestry technologies.
ZimConserve’s students have 50,000 trees in nurseries (!!), including Moringa, Jatropha, Gliricidia sepium, Acacia angustissima, Calliandra calothyrsus, Luecaena colinsii, Grevillea robusta, Mango, Avocado and Guava trees.
In addition to building a greener future for the Planet, the young people are providing food and some income, for example through the production of food crops in agro-foresty system on school land or the selling of seedlings from a school nursery. The profits realized are used to pay school fees, buy books or other school materials for use by school children.
Last but not least, the children are outreaching to the community with their activities: demonstrating a wide range of technologies to the surrounding communities. ZimConserve’s children are truly agents of change in urban and rural development, offering a platform for innovation development and change in attitudes. We are so proud that they are 3×3 Participants and our Partner in our work to create a healthier Eart!
Romanian Children plant trees in their kindergarten!
On April 26, 2013, thirty children planted 15 trees, as well as flowers, in their kindergarten yard in Vrancea, Romania. Their teacher and parents had been planning the day for a few weeks with forest engineers. The children prepared a banner with their drawings educating people about forest exploitation and pollution.
Forest engineers sponsored the children’s action by providing seedlings for oak, hornbeam, lime and acacia trees. Parents added flowers and soil. On that day, you could really see what a collective effort it had become with parents, teachers and even the school’s bus driver digging, followed by the children planting.
The group decided to embellish the alley leading to the courtyard garden, where the children had already painted recycled tires. Each seed was planted, then covered with soil. The children have consistently provided care for the trees since April, and there are now new leaves, demonstrating that the seeds have adopted their new environment. Each brood has been labeled and dated so new children and adults can learn about the trees that were planted.
Finally, the group hoisted the banner, and children could tell parents and other attending people about pollution and forest exploitation. The activity was a success and everyone enjoyed a sunny day of joyful learning and fun activities.
7,523 New 3×3 Campaign Trees!
In Romania, a group of 10 youngsters planted acacia trees in the city of Caransebes. The group, OSPD was delighted to add another 5,000 trees to the 3×3 Campaign. However, they’re not the only group in Romania planting trees, in addition to the trees already planted in Romania, Logo Juniors added an additional 20. Bringing the country’s total to 5,030 trees!
Over in Virginia, Reagan Richardson branched out when she planted a Sioux Crape Myrtle in her hometown of Norfolk, Virginia. The idea that “many trees are being cut down and replaced by buildings,” got Reagan thinking, “what will absorb the carbon dioxide near the buildings?” For Reagan the solution was simple, plant a tree! This would not only contribute to solving the problem, but would also bring added beauty for the community. So, with the help of her parents and the Chairman of the Beautification Committee a new tree stands tall greeting the community with pride.
On the same day in Kisii, Kenya, Wide Rescue Initiative (WIRIO) is certainly the 3×3 Campaign’s most active partner. Most recently 120 youth, in Kisii, Kenya, planted and registered an additional 2,500 trees.
Back in California, when Kristi Richardson, from South Carolina, contacted us she was extremely excited to donate a tree, on behalf of the organization One Love, for kids to plant in California. Adamant about selecting a school where a historic Baby Marcie tree would thrive, Kristi sought our advice on where to make the donation from the American Forest’s Historic Tree Nursery. Enter Gabriel Uribe, Site Based Operations Manager at Santa Rosa Charter Academy, who was ecstatic to accept the tree donation from One Love.
“We’ve had the kids plant trees in the past to help foster an appreciation for the environment. This was a great chance to do it again and for the students to give back to their school and the community – they really enjoy that aspect of planting trees.” Unlike past tree plantings at Santa Rosa Charter Academy, only a handful of students participated. Of the experience one student Ashley Morales noted, “It will be cool to see it grow!” A total of 8 youth participated in the planting. Both the kids and Gabriel cannot wait to plant more trees.
Just south of California, El Segundo shares a rich partnership with it’s Sister City in Guaymas, Mexico. On a recent trip, Sandy Jacobs visited with children while they planted a new tree, brining their total to than 14 trees planted since 2008!
Plantings in Maryland
“I heard about the 3×3 Campaign from another Girl Scout leader, who heard about it from a friend at church.” That’s how Girl Scout Troop 2499′s leader found out about the 3×3 Campaign. Troop 2499 registered the first 3×3 Campaign trees in Maryland, and they’re very excited about it. The troop registered two trees to the campaign. Ralph, a Serviceberry, was planted as part of a Girl Scout Gold Award Project that included a Native Plant garden and mosaic walkway featuring the Fruit of the Spirit. Several of the church’s groups pitched in to help complete the project. Ralph now provides shade over a mosaic icon made by the youth group and is also a component of the garden.
Six members of the troop also planted Erma, a River Birch, as part of a Girl Scout Journey project. The “Breathe” journey project teaches about air quality issues and this was the perfect way to help improve the air quality. The tree was planted near a native plant rain garden at the Caitlin Dunbar Nature Center at Camp Illchester. The Garden will be used to help teach others about the benefits of rain gardens and of native plant gardens.
Spreading the word and inspiring other youth to act is what the 3×3 Campaign is all about. Have you told anyone about the 3×3 Campaign lately? Remember tackling large environmental issues, such as global warming, alone can feel like putting out a forest fire with a squirt gun. How did you here about the campaign? Send an email to Marcie the Marvelous Tree, firstname.lastname@example.org, she is anxious to hear from you! Learn more about other exciting 3×3 Campaign news below.
Young Leader Receives Funding for Nursery
June 10, 2011 — Some of you may remember our friend Tanyu Goddin Lorater, a determined youth leader in Cameroon who received recognition from his local Mayor for his participation in the 10.10.10 Campaign. Building on that relationship, Tanyu was able to gain support from Mayor Mangoh Jones Tankoto start a nursery of 10,000 seedlings. With the support and financial assistance of local leaders the Youth Development Organization did just that. Tanyu spent his vacation preparing the nursery with the help of friends. Soon these seedlings will be planted and counted as part of the 3×3 Campaign. Have you planted a seedling, sapling or tree recently. Don’t forget to register it to the 3×3 Campaign!
Youth Receives Recognition for Participation in 3×3 Camapign
October 11, 2010, Nkambe, Cameroon – Tanyu Goddin Lorater recieved recognition from Mayor Mangoh Jones Tanko for his participation in the 3×3 Campaign. On October 10, 2010 Tanyu planted a grove of five trees in the Donga Mantung Division of the Northwest Region of Nkambe. With the support of the Mayor and President of Youth Development Organization, Kengong Johnson, Tanyu helped to inspire other youth locally and globally to pick up their shovels and join the fight against climate change.
When congratulating Tanyu for his efforts, the Mayor spoke to the negative impact of deforestation in his municipality, encouraging other young people in the area to plant trees. He also expressed his gratitude to TREE MUSKETEERS and Youth Development Organization for engaging youth as leaders in the environmental movement, empowering kids to plant and care for trees.
10 Kids, 10 Trees, 10 Countries
October 10, 2010 – Julian Poyourow, Youth Director, had a thought: wouldn’t it be cool to do something on October 10, 2010, or 10.10.10, to bring awareness to global warming. What came from that idea was the 10.10.10 Project, a part of the Partners for the Planet 3×3 Campaign run by TREE MUSKETEERS.
The 3×3 Campaign aims to have 3 million trees planted by 3 million kids to fight global warming. On 10.10.10, 10 kids from 10 countries planted 10 trees in support of the movement. “Today’s environmental concerns,” explains Timothy Krupa, “can be overwhelming and bewildering for anyone who wants to make a difference. Something as simple as planting a tree raises awareness of climate change and contributes to the solution. Being part of the 10.10.10 project was an experience I will never forget. So youth, let’s roll up our sleeves and dig in!”
Other kids who rolled up their sleeves include, Rigo Rigura who planted a mango tree in his backyard in the Philippines, in North America Timothy Krupa planted a cedar tree in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada and in Nakambe, Cameroon, Africa Tanyu Goddin Lorten planted a mahogany. Other kids who committed to planting a tree on 10.10.10 include Sarah Duesing from Chicago, Illinois, United States; Luciana Salvatierra from San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina; Emmanuel Mwita from Kisii, Kenya; Francisco Ulises Camacho Sanchez from Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico; a student from Chadwick International in Songdo, South Korea; Makayla McDonald from Australia and a student from Gradinita CU PP NR. 13 in Focsani, Vrancea, Romania. In seeing the project come to fruition Julian expressed, “It is great to see people come together to help the environment from all over the world.”