We’re super grateful that we get to help you capture your school’s memories. And we hope we show that through our words and actions throughout the school year.
One thing we don’t show our gratitude for enough, though, is how your decision to be a TreeRing school is helping us improve people’s lives through our “Sell a Book, Plant a Tree” promise. And, so, with this being the time of year that people give thanks, we wanted to explain why. After all, you’ve helped us plant more than 927,979 trees.
The Power of A Single Tree
A single tree produces approximately 260 pounds of oxygen per year. That’s enough oxygen to keep two people breathing
A single tree can absorb one ton of carbon dioxide over the course of its life.
The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.
How Your Trees Are Helping
Babacar Ndao has begun teaching his children the sustainable farming techniques he learned from Trees for the Future, like how to plant and graft. Once suffering from hunger, their farm is now completely self-sustaining and everything they need comes from their own compound.
Students in Fujua, Cameroon, plant trees along a stream near their school. The trees will protect the stream from erosion, and their shade helps to reduce water loss through evaporation. (Plus, they’ll have a place to cool off when it’s really hot.)
It’s pretty simple: Trees change lives.
Trees don’t just generate oxygen. They also revitalize degraded lands and serve as an incredibly effective anti-poverty tool.
Our partner, Trees for the Future, are pretty much the world leaders in helping farmers across the world pull themselves out of poverty. Their process isn’t to just plant trees with people. It’s a four-year program that includes teaching sustainable farming techniques and helping farmers fit what they’re growing to the demands of nearby village markets.
Which means your yearbook isn’t just brightening the lives of your students; it’s improving the lives of others.