As some of you knew before, and all of you know now, I work for the federal government. My job, with the General Services Administration, entails acquiring space for client federal agencies to house their employees as well as any special requirements their particular mission entails. As such, we realize that our carbon footprint is pretty massive, and do what we can to minimize it, through green building practices as well as other projects. Yesterday we received a card redeemable for a tree being planted through a reforestation project somewhere in the world. I believe in fixing my own backyard first, so I elected to have a tree planted here in the United States through our Seed The Future initiative.
All Seed The Future projects support Trees for the Future, a non profit that supports agroforestry resource centers around the globe. The resource centers are helping people in developing countries improve their rural livelihoods through the introduction of environmentally sustainable land management projects focused on beneficial tree planting.
Most communities around the world recognize that they need to plant trees on their degraded lands if they are to improve their lives. By providing technical knowledge on agroforestry and sustainable development, along with planting materials, communities can return their degraded lands to the sustainable production farms they once were.
Beneficial trees minimize soil erosion, supply forage for animals and provide a source of fuelwood, but planting trees is difficult when the topsoil has been eroded, and the climate and growing conditions have changed. Through a network of technicians, volunteers and community leaders world-wide, the program reaches remote areas and gives local people the knowledge and ability to rehabilitate their environment.
Since 1988, thousands of communities in around the world have been able to improve their livelihoods and their environment by planting nearly 50 million trees. We calculate that these trees remove approximately one million tons of CO2 from the atmosphere each year.
As a human being, father, and as a trail runner, I really believe in the importance of clean air for all of us in general, for my children, and for my efforts training outside. I'm proud to be a part of this effort.
What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day this year
or reduce your carbon footprint in general?