DRAFT | Work in progress
#FlattenTheCurve of Negative Developments
Exponential Growth of Solutions
2 million trees planted. Biodiversity returned. Temperature dropped
Green Belt Movement
The Wangari Maathai initiative led to the Green Belt Movement and the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize.
Over 51 million trees have been planted, and over 30,000 women have been trained in forestry, food processing, beekeeping, and other trades that help them earn income while preserving their lands and resources.
The movement inspired the United Nations to launch a campaign to plant 11 billion trees worldwide. More than 900,000 Kenyan women benefited from it by selling seedlings for reforestation.
Creating sufficient income for people in forest areas
Adequate funding for the people to get started
Ongoing funding for reforestation campaigns
Truly independent not-for-profit organizations providing the funding and/or employment
The funding from philanthropists, businesses, and carbon compensations
People in forest areas would earn a living from planting trees and related agro-forestry trades that may touch their heart.
The wisdom of indigenous people would be used to find herbal cures for diseases, and the locals would receive a fair share from the sale of related products.
Entrepreneurs and scientists would help people in forest areas find, develop, and sell new forest-based products.
There would be more livelihood opportunities, such as
- Education on the sustainable development role of forestry
- Protecting the forests
- Ecological and sustainable forest-based tourism
And not to forget values receiving little attention
Oxygen generation for the world
Human beings cannot survive without Nature
Better weather, with rainfall and temperature enhancing agro-climatic conditions
Tourism: Tree Planting Included
In 2019, there were 1.4 billion international tourists. With 25% participation, this would amount to 350 million trees planted annually.
Rural tourism resorts worldwide add this to their marketing:
“Every tourist coming to a resort is given an opportunity to plant a tree seedling, as viable in the resort and the local community.”
The tourists are involved in the tree planting or can follow the trees’ growth via an app.
The resorts report the overall status of tree planting every year.
Our Buying Decisions: Tropical Wood, Soybeans, and Meat
Imagine what would happen to deforesting if
Everybody would act responsibly in their purchasing decisions and ask questions such as: “Is this product produced in sustainable ways?”
Vendors would act sustainably across the product creation and delivery chains