Carbonfund.org Million Tree Challenge Supports Haiti Tree Planting
Thursday, 22 April 2010
As if earthquakes and poverty were not enough, the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere is now facing seasonal rains that can bring flooding and tragedy. To help address this problem, Carbonfund.org today announced that its “Million Tree Challenge” campaign is redirecting all of its donations for the next three months to tree planting in Haiti. The Million Tree Challenge is a campaign launched in March to plant a million trees by making it easy and affordable for businesses and individuals to donate to the campaign. Historically, poor land use practices have magnified the devastating effects of natural disasters like the recent earthquake, resulting in severe flooding and landslides. With the rainy season approaching fast, the need for long-term solutions as well as short-term aid is critically important. As recently as 2008, a series of storms resulted in hundreds of deaths and over $1 billion in damage. “Many of Haiti’s problems may seem intractable, but planting trees is something we can do today that will help prevent floods and build communities,” said Eric Carlson, President of Carbonfund.org. “By planting trees and restoring native ecosystems, we can do our part to aid the recovery for Haitians today and for future generations.” Carbonfund.org also reported that all donations will be matched 2:1 to the Haiti tree planting. Carlson called on companies and individuals to join the Haiti tree planting project. Deforestation is responsible for roughly 20% of global warming. Planting trees today restores local habitat, helps minimize floods and create jobs. To support Haiti by joining the Million Tree Challenge, please visit: www.carbonfund.org/trees.