In this photo taken just a few days ago in Senegal, Mahamadou Konde and his son Saibo Konde stand next his live fence, a row of plants that protect his crops from animals. An important part of our work: helping communities create sustainable ways to thrive. This way, when Saibo Konde grows up, won’t be forced by poverty to leave his village for one of Africa’s overcrowded — and often dangerous — cities. Planting trees, changing lives:
I find it truly wonderful and the way to go on this planet that students learn from an early age on to respect nature and to look after it.I wish this would be done all over this planet…What a paradise it would become. ..
Students at the primary school in Fujua, Cameroon, plant Podocarpus species along the small stream that provides water for the school. Teaching the next generation the value of trees! Working with TREES technicians from their own region also helps show young people that they DO have options to get an education and give back to their communities over the long run. Planting trees, changing lives:
In this forest garden in the village of Bana in the Western Region of Cameroon, you can see three tiers of a forest garden, including vines, annual crops and smaller shrubs growing below a canopy of fast-growing trees. A forest garden like this helps farm families become self-sustaining for the long term. Planting trees, changing lives: http://trees.org
Evil Tree Cutter Mafia
Some of the most evil and dangerous people on earth are illegal tree cutters.In Countries where they can act undetected they carry weapons and do not hesitate to shoot and to kill everyone who comes in their way and tries to stop them from cutting trees as there is a lot of money being paid for wood that is coming from slow growing trees.If needed they shoot at scientists or whoever comes into their way.This wood is then sold to companies who use the wood for products, turning a blind eye to where the wood is coming from and that it is coming from trees who should not been cut down…
In this article below illegal tree cutters take chunks out of redwood trees and sell them on the blackmarket for a lot of money.The damage that has been done to the trees will make the trees sick and inevitably kill them.
And all to satisfy certain people’s ego that they have a piece of redwood in their home.Consudering the price that their grandchildren and great grandchildren will pay – these people and the tree cutters are insane.
At the edge of a growing forest garden in Brazil, Gliricidia and Moringa trees help fix nitrogen in the soil while acting as a windbreak. In this case, they’re also part of a living fence that keeps cattle away from the growing crops. Techniques like these help local farmers greatly increase crop yield — and income — without exhausting the land.
It can be so easy to stop cutting slow growing trees all together and to leave our remaining forests alone by using all the alternatives we indeed have to replace our wood demand…
Bamboo, hemp (the version that has nothing to do with drugs) and fast growing trees like the Moringa tree are the perfect alternatives.At the moment the manufacturing costs to produce replacement products from hemp are too high because there is not enough demand for it (yet).Please ask for bamboo, hemp and fast growing tree products (like pine) whenever you need a product and also look out for alternatives in shops when you buy simple products.
Trees for the Future:
This Moringa tree is just 2 or 3 weeks old in this photo from March. By now, it’s part of a forest garden like the ones we’ve shown you many times before. It’s amazing that a tiny tree like this can grow taller than a person in just a few months. And as part of a forest garden, it can also change lives. Planting out of poverty:
The humble beginnings of a forest garden: in Tanzania back in February, these seedlings were sprouting nicely in a tree nursery. By now, they’ve already been planted and are flourishing in the warm tropical sun. It costs us just ten cents to plant each of these trees, and we’re on track to plant 25 million in forest gardens around the world in 2014. Planting trees, changing lives: http://www.treesforthefuture.org/