We feel responsible for our surroundings and want to make a positive impact on the world. At the local level – by making your walls unique – and at the global level – by reducing the ecological footprint.
It is not only about planting trees. We put effort to change people’s lives and make the world a better place.
We are involved in Central America and West & East Africa. Thanks to your support we will be able to do even more.
Deforestation has one of the biggest impacts on the climate change today. By recreating the forests that humanity has destroyed, we can efficiently decrease the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. If you would like to know more about how big the impact of deforestation is, watch this TED talk:
Planting trees affects not only our environment, it has also influence on local communities and brings with itself many other more complex benefits. Every planted tree gives rural communities in the developing world an opportunity to restore their environment and build a sustainable future. Every planted tree makes a small step towards a better world in which everyone of us would like to live.
We decided to start our cooperation with Trees for the Future mainly because of their 25 years’ experience and because of Dave Deppner, the founder of this non-profit organisation, who we believe was a guy with a sincere passion for planting trees and making a positive impact on the world.
This is our first partner in this programme and we intend to start cooperation with new ones in the near future.
People participating in the programmes face incredible adversity. Organisation’s work aims to lessen their burdens. The flexible deign of the approach allows to tailor planting solutions to the social needs of communities. Through the process of training and empowering farmer groups identify their needs and implement solutions. They learn that together they can solve problems through cooperative action.
The organisation’s goal is to help families increase agriculture based income, on a chosen plot of land, by 100% within four years and help farmer groups plant an array of tree crops that, once established, generate a steady and reliable source of food, marketable products and income.
Farming causes 80% of the deforestation across Africa, Latin America, and Asia. The programme addresses this problem by training farmers to practice the environmentally sustainable land and use techniques required to maintain their forest gardens. Planting trees lessens pressure on forests by enabling families to become self-sufficient in producing what they need from trees. Adding tree cover to the agricultural landscape encourages rain and protects livelihoods from increasing incidents of drought and extreme weather.
For communities living in the arid Sahel the effects of conventional farming and over-grazing have degraded the soils on which families depend for subsistence. Towns along a thousand-kilometre trade corridor that cuts through the countries of Senegal, Mali and Burkina Faso serve as mini-trade hubs for large clusters of villages. The programme aims to train communities to establish forest gardens that will create a green barrier to the encroaching Sahara Desert, while at the same time generate livelihoods for people living on less than a dollar per day.
The countries of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Burundi are comprised of hundreds of distinct ethnic groups who practice subsistence and cash crop farming, often raising livestock to generate additional income. Along major regional trade routes there is intense population pressure on natural resources, making this region a high priority for implementing the forest garden approach. The goal is to alleviate poverty in the rural and peri-urban farming communities that border these routes. The focus is on the northern Tanzania corridor from Dar-es-Salaam to Arusha where communities will plant forest gardens that provide lucrative market opportunities, improve household access to fruit and vegetables, and produce fodder for livestock and bees.
Bare mountains across Honduras and Nicaragua have little capacity to trap and store water, leaving them vulnerable to storms and hurricanes. Vital springs on the sides of these mountains dry up each year, plaguing the region with water shortages. Through farmer associations and networks of communities, the organisation works to return tree cover to the degraded mountainsides of these two countries by adding shade and diversity to coffee and cocoa plantations. Trees for the Future also trains smallholder livestock farmers to apply the forest garden approach in producing animal forage; and trains large livestock owners to grow higher-quality forage and protect pastures and waterways from further degradation.
In addition to these three regional programmes, the organisation supports tree planting in seven other countries: Ghana, India, Cameroon, Haiti, the Philippines, Ethiopia and Brazil. Although the factors leading to deforestation, food insecurity and poverty are similar in each of these countries, the design and scale of the forest gardens differ. Each forest garden is designed to achieve maximum social, health and environmental benefits based on the community’s culture, market needs, land availability and severity of land degradation.
In the first year they provide:
- technical support and training on forest garden planning, nursery establishment, planting design and maintenance
- materials such as seeds, nursery bags, shovels, watering cans and wheelbarrows
- oversight when seedlings are planted at the onset of the rainy season and farm visits throughout the first dry season to ensure seedlings survive
- tailor training to the needs of communities
- help farmers diversify their planting sites with fruit and nut trees and hardwoods
- train farmers on sustainable harvesting methods and more difficult topics such as pruning, grafting and seed storage
- to independently and sustainably harvest leaves, vegetables, fruits and timber from the established forest garden
- techniques to grow beneficial trees which to add to their forest gardens without further provision of nursery supplies
Displate supports Trees for the Future in its activities to help communities alleviate poverty, affect positive social change, and improve both local and global environments. Globally, the collective impact of planting millions of trees helps support biodiversity, clean the air we breathe, and remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.
We hope that you’ll help us change the world for a better place. By ordering one Displate, you plant 10 trees. That’s a small step towards a better future.
Some of us were sceptical as well. We all heard that there was a big climate change, that deforestation was huge and it would strongly influence the world. On the other hand, there are a lot of things people say and it is difficult to choose the right from wrong. During our research we came across this Ted talk:.
It convinced us that there is a serious problem and that these people have all the data to prove it. They really know what will happen and we need to react fast to change it.