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Feb 18, 2020

Thanks to you we're saving the planet

Tree planter
Tree planter

Dear wonderful donors, 

Three months ago we launched a new project Planting Trees to Save the Planet. We did it in response to growing concern around the world about the climate crisis, which is becoming more apparent every day, wherever we live. 

We did it in response to the children and young people everywhere who are demanding that we stop talking, stop equivocating, and start doing something. We listened to the scientists who tell us that the quickest, most efficient and most cost effective way to store carbon is to plant hundreds of millions of trees. And luckily for us, we have a lot of experience in planting trees and it's one of the things we most love to do! (We've planted 150,000 and counting...)  

We live in one of the top biodiversity hotspots in the world: Brazil's Atlantic Forest. Formerly extending over 1.25 million square kilometers, it has now been reduced to 100,000 square kilometers. But the good news is that it's an area where trees grow unbelievably quickly. (Check the photos on the project page.)

This year we have really felt the effects of the climate crisis. We've had torrential rains, flooding, landslides, and, in urban areas, loss of life and property. All this has happened since we started our project, three months ago. 

Did we see it coming? Perhaps. Did we do what we could to prevent future and further disaster? Yes. Over the past twelve weeks we've planted four thousand trees, and would have planted more had we been able to reach some of the more remote rural areas where road access has been impossible. 

We have more trees ready to plant, when the roads improve, and our intrepid nursery team is making more seedlings ready to plant out when the next rainy season arrives. 

So could you do us a favor? Please share our project link with your friends and family. Please ask them to share with their networks and donate what they can. We've raised nearly $12000 towards our goal of $20,000 and with your help we can crack our target of planting 10,000 trees.   

So  why not pour yourself a cup of tea or coffee and watch the video we're enclosing so you can see the adventures of the Iracambi tree planters? And remember that every tree planted will store more carbon, stabilize the soil on our steep mountain slopes, help control flooding and landslides, and provide habitat for wildlife.

Together we're getting it done, one tree at a time. 

THANK YOU!  We couldn't do it without your support. 

with love from the Iracambi Tree Planters 

planting team
planting team
briefing the planters
briefing the planters
farmer planting a tree
farmer planting a tree
unloading the trees
unloading the trees
carrying the trees
carrying the trees

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Feb 18, 2020

A LOT of water in the Forest!

Well, lovely donors, 

You're not going to believe this but I had jjust finished writing this quarterly report to you when some gremlin got into the site or my fingers or somewhere and seized up the site and my report VANISHED into thin air! 

But down in the forest we are made of stern stuff, so here it comes again. 

And the main thing we want to do is give you guys a big shoutout for your amazing support over the last quarter, which has averaged almost $500 a month. You are the best! 

You support comes at the perfect moment, because we're in the thick of the planting season. And as we've probably told you, work in forest restoration goes on year round. Sure, there are quieter times and busier times and this has certainly been one of the busier times. 

It's not unexpected - after all we are in the midst of rainy season, and that's when we normally do the planting. But before we tell you of our adventures, let's give you a quick rundown of some of the activities that your generous donations are supporting. 

  • Finding, cleaning and preparing the seeds (from the forest)
  • Identifying and sorting them 
  • Making compost to enrich the soil (forest soils are not very fertile) 
  • Planting the seeds in the seed bed and waiting for them to germinate: 3 - 6 weeks
  • Transplanting them into plastic sacks
  • Watering, weeding and dosing with organic fertilizer as required
  • When coffee harvest is over (July, August) visiting participating farms to locate priority areas for reforestation 
  • Taking soil and water samples and selecting the best mix of species depending on the farm topography
  • Visting the farms before planting to check that the area is fenced and weeded and everything is in place 
  • Digging the holes and applying organic fertilizer 
  • Mobilizing as many volunteers as possible to help with the planting 
  • Returning to the farms to monitor the growth of the young forests

This year things weren't entirely straightforward - and the title of this project may have given you a hint. Due to very heavy rains we had to cope with flooding, landslides and impassable dirt roads which slowed us down a lot. So we're currently 60% of the way towards making our goal of 7,000 trees planted, and we'll keep going as and how we can. Next year we're raising our target to 10,000 trees.

There's one good thing about extreme weather events. They focus the mind wonderfully. And every tree that you help us plant and maintain will help stabilize the soils, increase rainwater infiltration and avoid runoff and play an important role in flood control. 

Thank you, dear donors, for your support. Please stay with us as together we restore the forests on which we all depend. Please consider, if you can, becoming a regular donor. Please share our project link with your friends and colleagues and ask them to join you in supporting the work we are doing together.  

muddy but happy hugs from the rainforest, 

 

Arielle and the Forests4Water team

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Feb 18, 2020

EcoLeaders program hits the ground running

teachers falling in love with the forest day
teachers falling in love with the forest day

Dear donors, supporters and friends across the world,

In spite of horrendous rains and flooding we managed to hit the (very muddy) ground running, in preparation for the 2020 school year - which, as you may know, starts After Carnaval. (And Carnaval, in case you missed it, is this week!) 

In fact the school year starts at the beginning of February, but it doesn't really get going until After Carnaval. But the first days of the school year are super important, because this is the time when we have to ensure that our program gets inserted into the school calendar, and the best way to do this is to get the teachers really excited about it.The kids love us to bits, but sometimes we have to work hard to convince the teachers - and that's what we've been focusing on. 

So when we get invited to Staff Training Days, it's our job to ensure that the teachers have a wonderful time and that Staff Training Day becomes Staff Falling in Love with the Forest Day. And our EcoLeaders team has been working with the State Association of Environmental Educators and running around the local schools to make sure that the teachers catch something of the vision. 

Muddy roads, sporadic power cuts, internet outages, we can face them all on our quest to make sure that the teachers understand that sending the students into the forest is far more than an enjoyable outing - although it's that too! So we do what it takes to get the teachers on board, and this year is looking really good. Lots of teachers tell us they're looking forward to hosting us in the classrooms and sending the children into the forest - when the roads improve!  

All of which will be starting as from the next week or so, and school will continue right through the end of the year.

With your help, dear donors, we'll be able to do great things with the 2,000 students that we aim to include in this year's program. Two thousand young champions to help save the world. How exciting is that? 

Thank you for being on this journey with us, and please tell your friends and family, and ask them to tell their networks, and support us if they can! The more young champions we raise, the better the chance for the future of the forests - which affects us all, wherever we live.

And you're always welcome to come visit, if you're ever in our neck of the woods!

with love from Marina and EcoLeaders team

PS Please check out the video link we're enclosing and meet EcoLeader Kalwan!  

Forest Supporters circle
Forest Supporters circle
Widening the circle
Widening the circle

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