Our successful forest restoration model has already planted 100,000 trees in the Atlantic Forest. Now we plan to plant an additional 10,000 in a pilot reforestation project which will be easily scaled up. But this is more than just planting trees, it will include education, advocacy and large scale community involvement. By actively involving local farmers and schoolchildren in planting trees to protect their water sources, Forests4Water will mobilize the growing movement of environmentally-conscious farmers and catalyze further sustainable green practices.
FORESTS 4 WATER
What’s the issue?
Rainforests are one of the largest natural carbon sinks that regulate global climate. And the evidence is clear: our rainforests are in trouble.
And this means trouble for all of us. Whether you live in a local Brazilian farming community whose agriculture-based livelihood is dependent on the rapidly drying water springs or whether you live in California where mandatory water use restrictions are being imposed due to record breaking droughts, the evidence is clear: our water supplies are in crisis.
Rainforests and water go hand-in-hand. Restoring our rainforest is vital both at the local level as dense forest absorbs moisture regenerating springs and at the international level where the forests act as a carbon sink stabilizing the rise in global climate and attacking the water crisis at its root.
What’s the issue?
- Expand our forest nursery to produce more native tree seedlings
- Work with local farming communities to reforest near springs and along stream banks
- Select productive tree species that can be sustainably utilized to bring economic gains to local farmers so that the conservation of the forest is more attractive than its destruction
- Extend our unorthodox education program to raise awareness about the issue
- Assemble a team of young environmental activists to spread the word and plant the trees
Our plan is to get everyone involved in planting trees! By involving the community in planting native trees alongside fruit producing trees in strategic areas to protect water sources, we will demonstrate that the reforesting degraded areas brings short term benefits for the community and long term benefits for the environment. Using reforestation as a tool for education and advocacy, we will encourage new ways of thinking about sustainable agriculture and forest care, catalyzing the growing movement of environmentally conscious citizens to protect our most precious asset: fresh water. We’ll focus on schoolchildren and college students and their families, and together we’ll mobilize the community to move from thinking to action. This is more than a simple reforestation program – it’s a challenge to change our collective consciousness