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Every order will plant a new Tree - Size of Wales Tree Planting Project

Every order will plant a new Tree - Size of Wales Tree Planting Project

Deforestation is one of the main contributors to Climate Change; and the terrible news of the fires raging in the Amazon Rainforest is only accelerating the damage.

The time to act is now, and we at Be Brave have identified a wonderful and inspirational Tree Planting project to support in an attempt to offset some of the harm.

Since launching in 2010 Size of Wales has supported 2.4 million hectares of tropical forest and supported over 43,000 people from forest communities. Just in Wales, they have inspired over 32,000 children and young people on rainforest and climate change issues and reached millions of people in Wales and across the world with their message through press, radio, television and social media work as well as quarterly fundraising campaigns.

See below for further information on this fantastic project

THE ISSUE

Deforestation and degredation of the world’s forests causes more CO2 emissions than all the world’s transport combined (meaning planes, trains, cars, vans and ships!). Size of Wales works with forest projects in Africa and South America to help conserve existing tropical forests and support sustainable management of forests. All their projects work directly with forest communities in country. The projects in South America currently equal over 2 million hectares, and they are now aiming to protect another 2 million hectares in Africa. Find out more about the projects they work with on the project map on our homepage.

They also work with a flagship tree planting project which aims to plant 10 Million Trees and increases forest cover in Uganda. This project also plants a tree for every child born or adopted in Wales, as part of the Welsh Government’s innovative Plant! scheme. For more information on the Plant! scheme see here.

 

THE IDEA

After a long history of deforestation in Wales, Wales is now gradually increasing its forest cover and protecting the existing woodland. However, from both a climate change and poverty reduction perspective, it is the destruction of forests in the tropics which truly threatens the world’s climate, as well as the basic needs of food, shelter and livelihoods for people living there.

Initially set up by  the Commissioner for Sustainable Futures, Peter Davies and Chair of the Waterloo Foundation, Heather Stevens, as part of Wales’ response to the dual challenges of climate change and international poverty reduction, Size of Wales is now an independent charity.

 

Forests are key to mitigating against the impacts of climate change by absorbing the carbon dioxide we emit. Despite this, up to 12 million hectares of tropical forest is destroyed each year! As much as 25% of global carbon emissions is caused by the destruction of the tropical forest, this is greater than the carbon emitted by all the worlds transport combined.

Each of their projects works closely with the indigenous communities who live in and depend upon the forests for their livelihoods. Indigenous peoples often have a sacred connection to these forests and have lived sustainably with these forests for centuries making them the best conservationists of all! The projects work to empower these communities in a way that enables them to protect these precious forests.

Read more about the projects below. Or click here for a quick snapshot of each project.

 

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