Primatologist and conservation icon Jane Goodall announced Trees for Jane, an initiative that will raise money for carefully-vetted reforestation and forest conservation projects around the world, and will joined a global effort to counter climate change and the extinction crisis by planting a trillion trees by 2030. If these combined efforts are realised, it would increase Earth’s tree cover by about one-third relative to today. Currently we’re losing about 15 billion trees a year, mostly due to deforestation.
Primatologist and conservation icon Jane Goodall has formally joined a global effort to counter climate change and the extinction crisis by planting a trillion trees within a decade.
On Tuesday, Goodall announced Trees for Jane, an initiative that will raise money for vetted reforestation and forest conservation projects.
“Forests are part of the solution to many of the world’s problems,” Goodall told Mongabay via a recent Zoom conversation. “Planting the right trees in the right places and protecting existing forests can help slow climate change and species extinction, while also helping local communities.”
Trees for Jane is partnering with the Trillion Tree Campaign, an initiative led by the German NGO Plant-for-the-Planet, and 1t.org, a World Economic Forum project supported by Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, to reach the trillion trees goal by 2030.
If these combined efforts realise this aim, it would increase Earth’s tree cover by about one-third relative to today, according a study published in Nature in 2015. Currently we are losing about 15 billion trees a year, mostly due to deforestation.
But while tree-planting on such a massive scale could sequester vast amounts of carbon, there are concerns about the potential social and environmental impacts, especially if trees are planted at the expense of native ecosystems or if land targeted for planting is seized from local communities. Further worries include the types of species used and whether trees will survive long enough to sequester carbon and afford habitat for wildlife.
For those reasons, Trees for Jane includes guidelines for the tree-planting projects and organisations it will support and an advisory body. Goodall has also advised the Trillion Tree Campaign and 1t.org on how to ensure tree-planting efforts are responsibly undertaken.
The upside of a well-executed tree-planting and conservation campaign is substantial, Goodall, along with Trees for Jane co-founder Jeff Horowitz, wrote in an editorial published in Time to coincide with the initiative’s launch.
“Protecting and restoring our forests must become one of the highest of our planetary priorities,” Goodall and Horowitz. “In fact, natural climate solutions, including the restoration and management of forests, grasslands and wetlands, can deliver up to one-third of the emission reductions needed by 2030.”
“We want to inspire everyone worldwide to combat our climate crisis by adding new funding and momentum to ongoing efforts to stop deforestation and restore lost forests. We also want to encourage people to plant and nurture their own trees to help our cause and better value the fragility of nature.”