FoU plants trees to help slow global climate change.
Please contribute to FoU’s trees project.
- Help solve the climate crisis
- SupportFoU’s work to achieve Sustainable Development Goals
FoU’s community participation model provides all the world citizens the chance to do their part in the climate crisis.
- Contribute funds to grow and plant trees at only US$0.10/tree in the Eastern Arc Mountains, and achieve a high return on your philanthropic investment
- Volunteer to provide “in kind” support to this project
- Help to educate subsistence farmers about agroforestry so they can increase land productivity, produce a surplus, and graduate from extreme poverty
- This project allows you to do your part in the climate crisis, starting today.
- For a greater impact, plant a 5,000 tree forest for US$500 and go carbon zero!
Where we plant:
Friends of Usambara Society currently raises trees in large tree nurseries and plants trees in the West Usambara Mountains of northern Tanzania.
- To date, FoU has planted over 20 million trees
- Given adequate funding, it plans to plant 100 million trees over the next 5 years on about 90,000 hectares in the West and East Usambaras
- FoU plans to expand this effort to other Eastern Arc Mountain ranges to meet its goal of planting 1 billion trees in East Africa by 2030
Why we plant:
- Climate change threatens biodiversity in the Eastern Arc Mountains Biodiversity Hotspot.
- We must counter deforestation and the loss of the African Rainforest ecosystem by planting trees
- Trees have the ability to absorb atmospheric carbon dioxide and sequestering it as wood, helping to slow global climate change
- Deforestation has led to higher rates of erosion, and tree roots hold soils in place and prevent the unnecessary loss of valuable topsoil
- Trees bring groundwater to the surface, helping to preserve the local water catchment basins
- Trees provide local cooling through transpiration
- Food trees given to subsistence farmers to plant in agroforestry provide a means for them to improve family nutrition and a surplus they can sell at market to help them graduate from extreme poverty
- FoU creates hundreds of local jobs that support families in the Mountains
Youth and Climate Change:
Education is an important element of FoU’s work. Today’s children are tomorrow’s conservation leaders, which is why FoU creates 4-H Million Trees Project youth development clubs where the students are put into leadership positions.
- School tree nurseries serve as onsite science labs where students can learn about and practice the scientific method
- Kids learn from their supportive teachers who integrate the Trees for the 21st Century curriculum into lessons about environmental conservation, botany, and horticulture
- Students put the lessons into practice as they have fun growing and planting trees that beautify their schools, their homes, and their region