Tree planting at a community park in Mococa (2018)
We wanted to give you a quick update on FTPF's project in Brazil, especially in light of the current circumstances in Brazil and the rest of Latin America, which are currently on the frontlines of the coronavirus.
Devastatingly, during these challenging times, many environmental protections are being quickly and quietly rolled back in Brazil. We cannot allow deforestation and environmental degradation to take advantage of this moment, we must continue fighting. For our part, FTPF is continuing to work with our partners in Mococa to plan for our next tree planting, distribution, and education program there. This includes fundraising, which is an important part of getting these trees in the ground.
If you are able to make a contribution to support our work planting trees for students, families, and wildlife in southeastern Brazil, we would be very grateful; if not, you can show your support of FTPF during these times by sharing this fundraiser with your friends and family or on social media.
Fruit trees are changing the lives of students and families in southeastern Brazil. With a decade of planting trees at schools, public spaces, and family homes, FTPF's project in Mococa is having real, tangible effects. During our last trip, one school director said of her thriving orchard:
“The school overall has gotten happier, the students are happier. There is more movement and life to the school, more people playing and engaging with the environment, there is more shade and fresher air. Often you will find a student with a purple mouth from the mora (mulberries) or a red tongue from the acerola (cherries). Overall, the students, the school itself is a happier place.”
We want every school in Mococa to have this experience. Please help us by donating today to bring thousands of fruit trees to Brazil to create greener, cleaner, and more abundant schools and communities just like this one!
While this has been a devasting year for Brazil's wildlife, wild places, and those who are trying to protect them, there is something we can do to help right now: plant trees. Over the past decade, FTPF's project with our partners in Brazil has seen amazing results in the communities where we have been working, with project participants reporting amazing changes in the local environments including cooler temperatures, a return of native bird populations, and, of course, plenty of fruit to eat!
We are determined to continue planting fruit trees in Brazil in order to fight climate change, deforestation, and stand up for the amazing biodiversity of this region. Please help us return to Brazil in 2020 by donating today and by sharing this fundraiser far and wide. Fruit trees have and will continue to provide a solution to so many of Brazil's pressing problems!
Ola friends, I'm sure many of you have seen the news about the recent devastating fires ravaging the lungs of our planet that is the Amazon Rainforest. In Brazil alone, there have been more than 74,000 fires across the country this year, and nearly 40,000 fires across the Amazon. This surge in burning has accompanied a spike in deforestation in general. More than 1,330 square miles of the Amazon rainforest have been lost since January, a 39 percent increase over the same period last year, according to The New York Times.
One way we can fight deforestation is simple: reforestation. FTPF's work in Brazil will continue to replant with fruit trees in order to not only provide food and shade for Brazilians but also for the incredible diversity of Brazilian wildlife. Our projects have already had impacts on local wildlife by creating habitat sanctuaries for birds in areas that had been without such populations previously.
We must act now. We much continue planting trees in Brazil. We must support our Brazilian friends in their efforts to preserve the incredible landscape of their country.
Thank you for your continued support of the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation and our project in Brazil!
We were unable to reach our fundraising goal for 2019, but we are committed to this project and have rescheduled our trip to Mococa until March 2020. Our partners in Brazil. Grupo Ecológico Ohlo d'Agua, are continuing their work to grow beautiful fruit tree saplings to support the project, and are also working with the community to organize the plantings that will now happen in 2020.
But we still have work to do in Brazil! A donation today will make a big difference in helping us reach our fundraising goal to bring thousands of fruit trees to this very vulnerable part of the world.
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