Akamai believes it is our responsibility to help create digital experiences that are fast, smart, and secure, all while caring for the larger environment. That’s why we are making sustainable business decisions that benefit our customers, our communities, and the future of our industry.
Review the four chosen projects by Akamai: California, Pacific Northwest, Amazon Rainforest or India.
Choose which of the available projects is most interesting to you and fill out the form below.
After choosing a project, Akamai will plant a tree in the chosen region on your behalf!
California's forests provide innumerable benefits, including clean water and air, recreation, timber, habitat, and beautiful scenery. Healthy forests also play an important role in addressing climate change. Five years of drought and a large-scale bark beetle infestation have seriously damaged California’s forests. 2017’s record-breaking wildfire season burned more than 1.3 million acres – an area the size of Delaware. Now, a record 129 million trees need to be restored in California.
This will be a forest fire restoration project in Yosemite Valley, California. The Ferguson Fire burned a significant portion of the Property in late summer 2018, and One Tree Planted is committed to reforesting and restoring the Property to a natural forest composition and structure. The Property consists of two non-adjacent tracts totalling roughly 875 acres, located immediately west of the community of Yosemite West and roughly surrounded otherwise by Yosemite National Park and Sierra National Forest. A main feature of the Property is Henness Ridge, a prominent ridgeline in the area that serves as a wildlife corridor between the Park and the National Forest. A dozer-line was created along this ridge during the Ferguson Fire with the purpose of protecting the community of Yosemite West. Maintaining this Property in a fire-safe manner is critical to the region and community.
Tree species include Ponderosa Pine, Sugar Pine, White Fir, Douglas-fir, and Giant Sequoia.
Home to over 4.5 million people and part of the largest halophytic mangrove forest in the world, the Indian Sunderbans is characterized by the breathtaking beauty and incredible biodiversity. Today this vital ecosystem is under threat from the relentless expansion of non-forest land use into mangrove forest areas, mostly for fishery and farming. This degradation is amplified by climate change, which brews near-constant cyclones and storms in the region—resulting in huge losses of forest cover. In November 2019, Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, survived the wrath of cyclone Bulbul thanks to the Sunderbans. And with 80% of the world’s fisheries depending upon mangroves, they aren’t just important to Indian coastal communities, they’re essential to local and global food security.
Our aim is to reforest up to 10,000 hectares of mudflats and deforested lands by planting 1.5 million mangrove trees.This project will enhance biodiversity for marine life, establish ecosystem functions, limit coastal and island erosion, and shield vulnerable communities from high winds and waves. It will also help to protect the long-term livelihoods of local communities. And even better, it will help the region to address and adapt to climate change impacts like ongoing sea-level rise and a predicted increase in storms, wind, and cyclone intensity.
Planting efforts will mainly focus on the hardy Black Mangrove. At the upper sites, which are more soil-stabilized, Sonneratia apetala and other species will be planted. Both have lateral roots, which will help to lower tidal currents substantially. Some trees will be seeded directly, while others will be raised in nurseries until they are strong enough to withstand natural conditions. These seedlings and seeds, which drop from mature trees and flow along the tides from June-October, are collected by trained seed collectors and are uniquely able to tolerate the varying pressures of growing up in an intertidal zone.
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.