We were very blessed to meet Philip last year and his wonderful project Otepic.
Philip needs some help buying some bricks at 1$ a brick for his amazing project Otepic in East Kenya.
OTEPIC was established in 2008 as a grassroots community project in Kitale, a city in Western Kenya.
From the start, @Philip Odhiambo Munyasia mobilized young people and women’s groups from Kitale’s slums. The aim was to grow their own food, plant trees for reforestation, ensure sustainable water supply, use renewable energies, develop community building and to find peaceful solutions for (tribal) conflicts.
When the Rome Statute, one of the possibly most powerful and important documents in the world was drafted, environmental crimes where on the list of possible crimes against peace and security of mankind.
But it was removed without vote and without any reason given. This was possible because it has not been in the public domain. But these times have changed.
Since the 1970’s Majuli islander Jadav Payeng has been planting trees in order to save his island. To date he has single handedly planted a forest larger than Central Park NYC. His forest has transformed what was once a barren wasteland, into a lush oasis.
Humble yet passionate and philosophical about his work. Payeng takes us on a journey into his incredible forest.
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Tree Conference founder Suzi Martineau talks to Campfire Convention’s Pete Lawrence and reflects on this year’s conference, shifts in thinking, social change, politics and tree hugging. www.campfireconvention.com www.thetreeconference.com
Diana shows us how to plant a tree:
Diana Bernadette Beresford-Kroeger is an Irish botanist, medical biochemist
She is known for her extraordinary ability to bring an understanding and appreciation of the scientific complexities of nature to the general public.
“Diana Beresford-Kroeger is one of the rare individuals who can accomplish this outwardly simple but inwardly complex and difficult translation from the non-human to human realms,” E.O. Wilson wrote in the forward to Arboretum America, a Philosophy of the Forest by Beresford-Kroeger
To find out more about Diana’s work visit :
Call of The Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees
The Tree Conference and associated network provide support to individuals and groups working to take care of trees, reforest the planet, regenerate habitats for wildlife, research emerging tree ecosystem science at this time. Our core aims: 1) Profile the amazing projects and methods globally to meet IPCC pathways for reforestation, afforestation and soil sequestration. 2) Highlight the emerging science and best practice around tree ecosystems in the media and education. 3) To halt deforestation of ancient growth forests through supporting legal advances and forest defenders. Go to www.thetreeconference.com to find out more, explore partnerships, volunteer or join our email newsletter list. The Tree Conference Network is a project under the charitable status of internationaltreefoundation.org and works in close collaboration with TreeSisters.org.
Isabella Tree writes for publications such as National Geographic, Granta, The Sunday Times and The Observer. Her articles have been selected for The Best American Travel Writing and Reader’s Digest Today’s Best Non-Fiction, and she was Overall Winner of the Travelex Travel Writer Awards. She published her first book The Bird Man – a Biography of John Gould when she was 25. Her latest book Wilding – the Return of Nature to an English Farm charts the story of the pioneering rewilding project in West Sussex where she lives with her husband Charlie Burrell. Recorded at The Tabernacle in London in May 2018. 5×15 brings together five outstanding individuals to tell of their lives, passions and inspirations. There are only two rules – no scripts and only 15 minutes each. Learn more about 5×15 events: http://5x15stories.com Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/5x15stories Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/5x15stories Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/5x15stories
“I believe with all my heart that we can create cities and towns that are functioning like a forest. How to really thrive on this planet is all around us.” – Sue Swain Follow more of Sue’s work in the field of biomimicry, at www.biowise.org.za
Green Renaissance, make these short films as passion projects, to share inspiration. You can help them make more films like this by making a tiny donation, so we can continue this journey with you – www.patreon.com/greenrenaissance
Who is Green Renaissance?
Zero Carbon Britain is the flagship research project from the Centre for Alternative Technology, showing that a modern, zero-emissions society is possible using technology available today.
To find out more and get involved visit www.zerocarbonbritain.org
What if we could save the fishing industry and protect the ocean at the same time? Marine ecologist Enric Sala shares his bold plan to safeguard the high seas — some of the last wild places on earth, which fall outside the jurisdiction of any single country — by creating a giant marine reserve that covers two-thirds of the world’s ocean. By protecting the high seas, Sala believes we will restore the ecological, economic and social benefits of the ocean. “When we can align economic needs with conservation, miracles can happen,” Sala says. Check out more TED Talks: http://www.ted.com The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design — plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. Follow TED on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalks Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/TED
Produced by the ‘A Tree a Day’ campaign – a branch of Help Plant Trees. Visit http://www.helpplanttrees.org to learn more and sign up to plant trees for as little as 10¢ a tree with our planting partners Trees for the Future (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Guinea, Cameroon, Senegal) and Eden Reforestation Projects (Madagascar, Indonesia, Nepal). The ‘A Tree a Day’ campaign is volunteer run with 100% of your donation going directly to the planting project of your choice. Planting enough trees could be the most effective way to successfully overcome climate change, and it’s something we can do now by each of us helping to plant trees. Too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere holds the sun’s heat in like a blanket, causing serious changes in global temperatures, which in turn causes extreme weather patterns and ultimately the rising of the oceans. Trees take this carbon dioxide out of the air as they grow, storing it as wood while also helping to store more carbon in the soil below them. Planting enough trees can restore balance to our atmosphere by converting the excess carbon dioxide into healthy ecosystems and into thousands of useful resources that people need. While trees ability to remove carbon dioxide and restore balance to our atmosphere is simply amazing, here are 4 additional ways that trees help keep the planet cool. 1. Trees Create Clouds that Help Cool the Earth The clouds that are created by trees and forests play a huge role in keeping the earth cool by reflecting the sun’s heat back into space before it reaches the earth. It’s estimated that if we could increase the world’s cloud cover by just 3% through tree planting, so much less of the sun’s heat would reach the earth, that these extra clouds alone could cool the earth enough to counteract climate change. 2. Forests Keep the Ground Cool Forests mighty canopies shade the ground and waters beneath them. This keeps the earth cooler and protects the living soil, which would otherwise dry out and become lifeless. This is very important as living soil can store an incredible amount of carbon, keeping climate change causing carbon dioxide out of our atmosphere. When soil becomes too hot and dry, the carbon molecules in the soil re-bond with oxygen and release carbon dioxide back into the air. But even areas that have become desert-like can be restored by simply planting enough trees. Large-scale reforestation can help store so much carbon back in the soil that it has the potential to remove all of the excess carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, allowing the earth’s climate to come back into balance. 3. Trees Cool the Atmosphere by Cleaning It Around cities and industrial zones, air pollution molecules combine with water vapor, hovering in what’s called a “humid haze”, trapping in more of the sun’s heat. The A Tree a Day campaign’s video, “How Trees Help Create the Fresh Water Supply”, explains how many trees breathe out both water vapor and friendly bacteria that assist in the formation of clouds. These bacteria trigger the water vapor and air pollution molecules to cluster into droplets that then fall to the ground. This removes these hazes from of our skies, allowing the sun’s heat to exit again and the earth to cool. 4. Trees Convert the Sun’s Energy into Life Since sunlight powers photosynthesis, the sun’s heat is literally used up as the leaves and needles do their job, converting carbon dioxide and water into the building blocks of plant matter while creating oxygen. This plant matter becomes food for animals, and the energy travels up the food chain. So, the miracle of photosynthesis both protects the earth from overheating, and provides the basis for all life on the planet. Knowing that trees maintain our atmosphere, keep the earth cool by shading it with clouds and canopies, regulate much of the planet’s fresh water cycle, and create the building blocks of all life, we simply have to be in awe at the amazing service that trees provide us. We can also understand that further decline of our world’s forests is not a direction we can afford to go in. The A Tree a Day campaign sees large-scale tree planting as being the world’s most affordable, practical, and multi-benefit opportunity to effectively counteract climate change. Tree planting options start at just 10¢ a tree, so you can help plant a tree every day of the year for as little as $3 a month – or you can make a one time donation of any amount. Visit http://www.helpplanttrees.org to learn more and sign up to plant trees for as little as 10¢ a tree with our planting partners Trees for the Future (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Guinea, Cameroon, Senegal) and Eden Reforestation Projects (Madagascar, Indonesia, Nepal). The ‘A Tree a Day’ campaign is volunteer run with 100% of your donation going directly to the planting project of your choice.