Plant a Tree in Australia
This year's fire season in Australia is one of the largest natural disasters in history. It has brought about unprecedented destruction as wildfires have spread across every Australian state, burning up nearly 6 million hectares (15 million acres) of bush as of January 2020.
The devastation witnessed in the state of New South Wales is nearly unfathomable - 3.6 million hectares (8.8 million acres) have been lost, over 2,400 homes destroyed or damaged, and 24 people have been killed.
New South Wales is home to some of the most iconic of Australia's wildlife - koalas, wombats, and kangaroos to name a few - and their habitat is rapidly declining.
At the moment in Australia the focus is on managing and mitigating the fires at hand, protecting people's properties, and assessing the environmental and community impacts. However, in due time, they will need plenty of support to restore this landscape back to health. Once the fires have settled and the land is ready to take on new trees, One Tree Planted are forecasting to restore over 6 million trees across Australia in 2020.
While trees for this project will not go in the ground until the fires have ended and the soil repaired, by supporting this project now you are making sure trees planted in Australia are ready to hit the ground running and repair their beautiful and iconic landscape.
Trees are chosen that will bring the greatest overall benefit to the region. This includes various types of native trees and companion plants, depending on the specific needs of each section of habitat being restored across New South Wales and Australia.
One tree planted is a non-profit organisation.
As an environmental charity, they are dedicated to making it easier for individuals and businesses to give back to the environment, create a healthier climate, protect biodiversity and help reforestation efforts around the world. All by planting trees!
Started in 2014, they have more than doubled the number of trees planted year over year. Fast-forward to today, they now work with awesome reforestations partners in North America, South America, Asia, and Africa who help get trees in the ground to restore forests after fires and floods, create jobs, build communities, and protect habitat for biodiversity.
In 2018, One Tree Planted were able to get more trees in the ground than ever before - 1.3 million!
They pool the donations for each project and send the funds to their reforestation partners. They vet the partners to ensure that they maintain a tree survival rate of 80-90%.
Depending on the project, the partners choose the best tree species to plant and work with local communities to get them in the ground. Planting typically happens in the rainy season when the soil is wet and provides optimal conditions for tree survival.
Once all the trees are in the ground they send out a report highlighting the impact of your trees.
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.