Congratulations, Plant with Purpose!
With so much destruction of our beautiful, fragile planet going on (fracking, tar sands, etc) ... it's encouraging to hear about a faith-based group that is reversing the trend by planting trees - a record-breaking 7 million of them this year. Here's the press release:
Plant With Purpose Roots for Reforestation With Record Breaking 7 Million Trees Planted Worldwide SAN DIEGO – November 28, 2011 – Plant With Purpose, a San Diego-based nonprofit that works internationally to reverse poverty and deforestation among the rural poor, recently reached a new landmark of planting 7 million trees! As a result, soil quality, water sources, and the lives of thousands of rural farmers have improved. Plant With Purpose focuses on reforestation in each of its six international programs because planting trees is one of the most effective components of sustainable rural development. Planting trees restores crop productivity and gives the rural poor a sustainable means to provide for themselves. Farmers are able to grow more crops, which allows them to feed their families and have extra to sell in town. As their incomes start to grow, farmers are able to invest back into their farms and households and send their children to school. Their families enjoy better nutrition and better health. The land is restored and water sources are replenished. “We are thrilled to have met our goal of planting one million trees a year and are excited to see the positive impacts the trees have on the lives of the families we work with,” said Plant With Purpose Executive Director, Scott Sabin.Many families like Jean Claujuste Bazil, father of two young children in the community of Granfon, Haiti, have benefitted from Plant With Purpose’s programs. Jean says, “My dream is to see all my pieces of land planted with timber and fruit trees to prevent soil erosion and improve the quality of my land.” About Plant With Purpose Plant With Purpose (www.plantwithpurpose.org) is an international, environmental organization that transforms lives in rural areas where poverty is caused by deforestation. For over 25 years, Plant With Purpose has provided lasting solutions to heal the relationship between people and their environment by planting trees, implementing sustainable agriculture programs, creating economic opportunity through micro-enterprise, and encouraging spiritual renewal.