The Dirt Girls program has been planting empowerment through outdoor science education since 2016. In the post-pandemic era, we commit to engaging Dirt Girls in taking climate action in their communities through learning about and planting trees. In 2022, we will offer a pilot program that provides positive role models who introduce the social and environmental benefits of tree cover. With your support, every participant will have the opportunity to plant a tree in her community.
Communities with more trees are more resilient to climate change. Tree canopy is highly inequitable. Women are disproportionately impacted by climate change, yet are far less likely to have opportunities to take action against climate-related hazards, such as drought, extreme temperatures, and severe weather events. Globally, women face multiple climate stressors such as death or injury, food insecurity, infectious disease, mental illness and poor reproductive health at higher rates than men.
Challenging stereotypes and providing positive role models has a significant impact on girls' preferences for and engagement in science. Tree planting is a meaningful climate action that can contribute to girls' sense of agency and belonging. The Dirt Girls program takes a community-based approach to examining the role of trees in the landscape, exploring disparity in tree cover across different neighborhoods, and restoring portions of natural forest canopy lost to wildfires in 2019.
All communities deserve to benefit from trees. Tree canopy is correlated with lower rates of poverty, unemployment, and health issues. On a global scale, reforestation contributes to decreased carbon emissions that fuel climate change. Dirt Girls aims to plant dozens of trees in the community, thus empowering young women and adding social and environmental value. Girls who work with trees may be more inclined to pursue careers in urban forestry, plant science, or environmental engineering.
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