Day 12 – Planting Trees & Training Farmers

Trees are vital. As the biggest plants on the planet, they give us oxygen, store carbon, stabilize the soil and give life to the world’s wildlife. They also provide us with the materials for tools and shelter.

How many trees are cut down every year?

  • A new study published in Nature estimates the planet has 3.04 trillion trees
  • The research says 15.3 billion trees are chopped down every year
  • 46% of the world’s trees have been cleared over the past 12,000 years

Trees.org is an award winning charity that has a unique approach to the dwindling tree problem. We aren’t just planting trees. We’re changing lives through regenerative agriculture.

We lose trees at a rate of 50 soccer fields per minute as our food systems destroy our ecosystems. Most of this degradation occurs in the developing tropics of Africa, Latin America, and South and Southeast Asia where hundreds of millions of chronically-hungry, smallholder farming families use destructive and short-sighted agricultural practices.

We train farmers over a four year period to sustainably revitalize their land. We provide all of the training, seeds, tools, and materials. Through our Forest Garden Approach, farmers plant thousands of trees that protect and bring nutrients back to the soil. Forest Garden farmers gain increases in income and food security, even in the first year.

2019 Impact Report