Eden Reforestation Projects
“Plant trees, save lives.” Simple, yet effective. The Eden Reforestation Project aims to better the environment by planting more trees and help boost underprivileged economies by employing locals to undertake the planting. The non-profits vision has resulted in millions of trees being planted every year, thanks to donors, businesses and involved foundations. The active regions are currently Nepal, Madagascar, Haiti, Indonesia and Ethiopia
They are recreating healthy eco-systems through reforestation that in turn empowers and nourishes local economies within impoverished areas. The project has the vision to plant a minimum of 100 million trees every year and offer employment to tens of thousands of locals by the year 2020.
The deforestation of thriving forest systems contributes to a whole host of different problems, both environmentally, socially and economically. Within forests, trees provide a home for animals, they help control flooding, hold back erosion and purify water sources. Trees feed the soil with nutrients needed for plants to grow. When the trees are cut down, infertile conditions are created. Local farmers then can no longer grow their crops to sustain their farming business, or even feed their families. This leads them to work jobs that pay them next to nothing, just to survive.
Deforestation kills more than just the trees; it unbalances the climate and leaves local farmers, workers and families battling to make a living in agriculture. This double-edged sword is why the Eden Reforestation Project has been making such a positive impact.
Deforestation vs Reforestation
Deforestation is simply described as the clearing of a wide area of trees. The impact that deforestation has on the environment and climate is profound. With deforestation comes increased flooding, soil erosion and the decline of soil quality, the drop in water tables and a decrease in water quality, loss of animal habitat and the change of local rainfall patterns. For humans, this means decreased crop yields, increased poverty, and failed farms. By investing in reforestation, the future of the environment, the climate, the lives of the impoverished and the local economy are improved and made sustainable.
Employment of local villagers
The Eden Reforestation Project employs local villagers who are affected, to plant trees in their area. This new work allows them to immediately provide for their families. When the trees take root and start nourishing the soil once again, the villagers are able to start planting crops to both feed their families and start an enterprise. While the short-term income from the planting of the trees gets the local villagers on their feet, the long-term farming helps them provide a lasting business for their families and the local economy.
The loss of forests and trees means a loss of fresh breathing air. With air pollution on the rise, we need the forests to filter the air now more than ever. Air pollution is having a devastating effect on human lives, and it is even a prominent cause of premature death, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.
Breathe Tech is launching a personal air pollution monitor. People need to be aware of the air around them and protect themselves from the harmful chemicals they might be breathing in. Climate change is accelerated by air pollution, so it is something close to their heart and constantly on their minds, which is why they have partnered up with Eden Reforestation. For every Breathe Safe product sold, they will donate money towards the planting of trees and enrichment of local villagers lives.
This way, users will be protecting themselves by monitoring the air they breathe, all while contributing to the reforestation of destroyed forests and helping boost the lives of local villagers and farmers, helping make a difference to their own lives and the lives of those less fortunate.