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5 Positive Environmental
Stories from November 2022

Carol Law |  December  1, 2022 | 5 min read

5 Good Environmental News Stories from the Past Month that will Make You Smile 

Can you believe it's aIready the holiday season? We know that some of you are already celebrating the season by bundling up to find the perfect tree or venturing out to enjoy the festive lights! When it comes to the environment, this past month has been jam-packed with climate-focused events such as the G20 summit and COP 27. We wrapped up all of our Plant A Tree Day events with a bow just in time to share with you how they went before you become busy with your holiday plans. Enjoy a few of our favourite highlights from November that you can celebrate all winter long!

Get ready to smile and fill up your cup with some positivi-TREE because it is time for some GOOD NEWS!

happy people planting trees

Plant a Tree Day Planting Events Wrapped Up

Our fifth annual Plant a Tree Day fell on Wednesday, September 28th, but planting took place through 104 events in 29 countries throughout the fall planting season. Now that all of the events have wrapped up, we're proud to share everything that our partners and volunteers have accomplished through Plant a Tree Day 2022! To recap: We supported 104 events in 29 countries! 6,091 volunteers were engaged.Nearly half (3,090) of these were youth volunteers. We planted a total of 39,558 trees and 6,144 shrubs. We also propagated 1,980 seeds and distributed 7,450 trees to local communities. We worked with 91 on the ground partners.

nature landscape

G20 recommitted to a global temperature of 1.5 degrees Celsius 

Leaders at the G20 summit committed to limiting global temperatures to 1.5 degrees celsius above pre-industral levels, which will aid in potentially avoiding extremely detrimental impacts of climate change. Information about this agreement was sent to those in attendance at COP 27. Some of the nations with the highest emissions have now recommitted to this target and hope this will push others to follow suit. Discussion of implementation strategies to keep the 1.5 degrees alive were had, with intentions of setting both short and long term goals. 

marshlands

Scientists are adapting marshlands to help understand future effects of climate change 

A once in a decade rainstorm known as a TEMPEST dropped 70,000 gallons of rain near the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland this past June. A TEMPEST is a Terrestrial Ecosystem Manipulation to Probe the Effects of Storm Treatments, or a human made storm. In an experiment to understand the rising sea levels and prepare for the future. With a plan to learn from flooding a forest with different kinds of water to understand how the trees would handle the TEMPEST. As one experiment in a large process to understand what the future holds, marshlands are helping many scientists prepare for the effects of climate change.

christmas tree ornaments

Real Vs. Fake Christmas trees: Which is better for the environment?

We spend a lot of time talking about the benefits of trees and why you shouldn’t cut them down, but you may be wondering "Is it okay to cut down a a Christmas tree?" or "Are Christmas trees eco-friendly?". The answers to these questions may catch you by surprise and we’re here to alleviate concerns for all Christmas-loving environmentalists by answering these questions and more.

california condor bird

The California Condor is soaring after help from conservationists 

As an attempt to save the species from extinction, the last remaining California Condor birds were captured in 1987. Thanks to a multimillion dollar conservation program, there are now more than 200 condors living in the wild. The California Condor has been listed on the Green Status of Species on the IUCN to classify the birds with how they are functioning after conservation actions. 

How are you feeling now eco-warrior? Revived? Inspired? Ready to spread more positivity and hope into the new month? If you're not quite there check out more good news from recent months to really ramp up the positivity! And if you are ready to take action, join us in most major cities this month and next at one of our Plant a Tree Day tree planting events!

Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most

Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most

As the need for reforestation is global and ever-changing, we feature where trees are most needed now. This project is currently supporting AFR100, the African Forest Landscape Initiative. Learn more

With your help, we will:

  • Provide jobs to minimize poverty in local communities
  • Improve climate change resilience & mitigation
  • Restore forest cover to improve food security
  • Africa is home to the world's second-largest tropical rainforest. The Congo Basin is home to 60% of the continent's biodiversity. However, unfortunately, Africa is alarmingly at risk due to the current deforestation rate - which is 4 times the global deforestation rate. Not only does this threaten the livelihoods of its local communities, but it also affects the planet as a whole.
    Thanks to AFR100, Africa is on a mission to reverse these trends and restore 100 million hectares of land by 2030. This country-led effort will bring 100 million hectares of land in Africa into restoration by 2030. This initiative aims to accelerate restoration to enhance food security, increase climate change resilience and mitigation and combat rural poverty. This includes 32 participating countries in Africa, along with local communities, national governments, public and private sector partners, and international development programs.
  • Planting trees in Africa reaps multiple benefits! Notably, reforestation here will help to add nutrients to the soil and control erosion, minimize poverty within local communities through the creation of jobs, and improve food security by feeding impoverished families through the planting of fruit trees. Ultimately, added forest cover in this region will diminish pressure on remaining forests, allowing for biodiversity to flourish and ultimately helping with the global climate crisis.
  • A personalized tree certificate (see gallery) to say thanks for your donation. We'll also send you updates about this project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
  • We will plant an array of indigenous tree species throughout Africa, such as Senegalia polyacantha, Faidherbia albida, Albizia adianthifolia, Persea americana, Calliandra calothyrsus, Macadamia spp., shea, and mahogany. Fruit trees will also be planted, which include mango, orange, tangerine, avocado, apple, guava, and Brazil nut.

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