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Planting one million trees in Kenya

Updated: Apr 9

With the rapidly accelerating climate change and its increasingly noticeable effects worldwide, it has become truly urgent to take action! Climate experts warn us that we have at most a decade to significantly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions before it's too late, and the disruption becomes unstoppable. So, what can we do?

First and foremost, we must significantly decrease our reliance on fossil fuels (oil, coal, and gas) and replace them with renewable energies (solar, wind, etc.). Secondly, we need to remove as much carbon dioxide as possible from the atmosphere that we have already emitted. And what is the most effective method known to date? Planting trees! Why? Because as trees grow, they absorb carbon from the air and convert it into wood. And the best part is, it's all for free!

A tree sapling from EMAUA

Furthermore, trees generate the oxygen essential for our breathing, clouds, and consequently rain for our crops, fruits to nourish us, and shade to shield us from the sun. Isn't that marvellous?! And let's not overlook the wood we require for constructing our homes, creating fires, and more.

Trees are true life-givers, providing a multitude of invaluable benefits that enhance our existence. Their extraordinary contributions to our environment are truly awe-inspiring. From the life-sustaining air we breathe to the fundamental resources that shape our lives, trees play an indispensable role.

An employee takes care of the saplings at EMAUA in Kenya

That is why the Planeta Foundation is thrilled to introduce you to the EMAUA association, based in Switzerland and operating in Kenya. Since 2017, they have already distributed over 260,000 seedlings of 40 different species, free of charge, to individuals (primarily low-income farmers) and institutions who have planted them on their lands. Their goal is to distribute an additional 250,000 seedlings in 2023 and reach one million trees by 2025. It is an ambitious endeavour, but they firmly believe it is entirely achievable! There is no time to waste in our fight against climate change. It is now or never!

It is worth noting that in tropical regions, trees grow up to 6 times faster than in temperate zones, highlighting the significance of EMAUA's project, which plants trees in highly favourable growth environments. Take a look below at how rapidly the trees planted in January 2020 on an EMAUA plot have grown in just 3 years:

In the video below, EMAUA explains its objectives for 2023:

Another video shows how they prepare pots with soil and seedlings:

And finally, there's a video featuring Julien Kauer, the founder of EMAUA, explaining the importance of indigenous trees to the local population in Kenya (in Swahili):

We sincerely hope that this project resonates with you and that you will be able to help us support the EMAUA association in achieving its objectives in 2023. We thank you in advance and from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity. Long live the trees and long live Nature!

The entire EMAUA team in Kenya greets you and thanks you for your attention!

We extend an invitation for you to be part of this urgent cause. Every tree planted counts. Together, let's seize this opportunity to make a lasting impact. Together, let's build a legacy of sustainability and resilience. The time to act is now. Together, we can make a difference.

To support one of our projects through a donation, you have two options to send it to us:

1. By bank transfer to our account: Raiffeisen Bank, 1255 Veyrier, Switzerland

IBAN: CH02 8018 7000 0254 9478 2 SWIFT/BIC: RAIFCH22187 Account Holder: Fondation Planeta, Geneva, Switzerland 2. By PayPal to our account: Please remember to specify which project you are specifically supporting if you wish to do so.

Many thanks from nature and animals for your invaluable support!

Note: It should be noted that the Planeta Foundation is a non-profit organization recognized as being of public interest, which means that your donations are tax-deductible.

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