It’s one week to Christmas! Are you still looking for the PERFECT gift for Christmas 2019? I’ve got you – it’s actually easy! There is only one thing we should ALL give away for Christmas to each other this year: TREES!
We ARE in the middle of a climate crisis and even though most people prefer ignoring this, you can’t close your eyes in front of the facts. The climate crisis is here, it is real, and we have to do something about it! Living a more sustainable and conscious lifestyle as I am constantly promoting here on the blog is one thing; eating vegan, not supporting the companies that are directly supporting climate change, supporting small fair and ethical businesses instead, using no or at least less plastic, supporting organic farming, not taking the air plane, etc. etc. etc. all of this IS important! But even all of that is not enough to stop the crisis!
We have to do more – and we can! There is a magical machine out there that is absorbing the CO2 that we are pumping into the atmosphere and produces oxygen instead! This magical machine also contributes to biodiversity, feeds people and animals, and does much more. This magical machine is our biggest hope – and the best we can invest our money in these days!
This magical machine is called TREES!
If there is something we all can do – next to changing our lifestyle – then it is planting trees! However, you cannot just go somewhere in the woods and plant a treee – at least here in Europe there are foresters taking care of the woods and your tree would most probably just be taken down in a few years by the foresters. So instead of just randomly planting trees, it does make more sense to have someone plant the trees for you – someone who knows WHERE to plant, WHICH tree to plant, and WHY to plant the trees right there!
Because, as I wrote earlier, the fact that trees are absoring CO2 is only part of the story for why trees are amazing: they do also feed people and animals (including insects) so why not planting trees that are absorbing CO2 on the one hand and feed a family on the other hand!?
Doesn’t that sound perfect?
Doesn’t that sound like something EVERYONE would love to get for Christmas?
Treedom is doing that exact thing: it is the only online platform in the world where you can have someone plant a tree for you and then follow the tree online in your account. There you can see how much CO2 it has absorbed yet, where it is planted, and how it is doing. Since 2010 Treedom planted more than 600.000 trees in Africa, South America and Italy. All trees are planted directly by local farmers and bring environmental, social and financial benefits to their communities.
The fact that trees are not just planted randomly somewhere, but in carefully chosen small agroforestry systems, allows to make precise choices in relation to the specific characteristics and needs of each project area. The tree species planted are native or respect the biodiversity of the different territories. The trees and their fruits belong to the farmers, allowing them to diversify and supplement their income and in some cases to launch micro-entrepreneurship initiatives.
You can just lay back and relax all while your tree is doing all the magic!
I personally got four trees so far, but there will be more to come for sure! The fact that I am living in a motor home since a few months now made my CO2 production grow and that’s something I am not very happy about. I live a rather sustainable lifestyle overall and back in my apartment I was very good regarding my CO2 footprint. Since I moved into a camper van things changed! This is why I find it even more important (for me personally) to plant some trees now towards the end of the year and to compensate for what my motor home is doing while driving around Europe.
However, I do not believe that you can “buy yourself out” by planting a few trees here and there! It’s not like: “I pump all that CO2 into the atmosphere and have a good time and then I plant ten trees afterwards and everything’s fine!” No, we are TOO LATE for those kind of jokes! Too many people had a good time without thinking about it for too long. A change towards a more sustainable lifestyle is the most important! Planting trees is an amazing addition to a general climate-friendly lifestyle!
And it is an amazing gift to everyone: to those people who are already doing their best to take care of the planet and to those people who still need to get a little push in the right direction 😉
Before coming to an end, I also want to point out that not all trees absorb the same amount of CO2. So you cannot just say: I have to compensate 100kg of CO2 this year so I buy two trees and I’m good. A cocoa tree aborbs much less than a Neem tree and a Baobab aborbs even more! This has to do with the lifespan of a tree, but also with it’s overall nature.
The cool thing is that treedom actually allows you to see exactly how much CO2 each tree is absorbing during it’s average lifespan PLUS it offers a calculator where you can calculate how much CO2 you’ve been producing so that you can actually get an idea of which tree (or how many trees) you need to compensate for your approximate production. Of course this is still very vague, as there are many factors playing into the statistics, but it is definetly helpful to get an idea of where you are!
Do you want to give yourself and/or your friends and family a tree for Christmas?
Then I will tell you how easy it is:
You go to treedom.net and choose from many species, countries, meanings, and local uses, then you buy the trees you like, and finally you personalize your gift by writing the recipient’s name, a dedication and choose how to deliver it: via email, text message or by printing a card.
That’s it! So easy to do something good and to gift something EVRYONE out there can need – mother earth before all!
I’m off to do some Christmas shopping now … I still need to give away a few trees … I hoped you enjoyed this post!
Did you ever buy a tree or plant a tree? Did you ever gift a tree to someone? I would love to know so feel free to leaveme a comment here or on instagram.