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If You Build a Forest, They Will Come

1389665_43660920The United Kingdom has a big ol’ green plan for the New Year, and it’s a brilliant one. In 2014 (and 2015…it’s gonna take a while) the government is planting four million trees to create over 500 acres of new woodland. England has, for a long while, been pretty much the least wooded/green nation in Europe, with only about 10% coverage…so it’s a smart move for so many reasons economic, eco-conscious, and aesthetic…and it is wise planet stewarding for the future. While this is an outstanding program to launch, there are versions and proposals circulating among government offices that call for more than twice that amount of planting and new woodland creation (5,000 hectares, which is about 12,000 acres), so hopefully cooler heads will prevail and they will up the ante.

In the New Year, let’s emulate the Brits and get some new plants into our ground as well. Don’t wait until Arbor Day (April 25 this year) to plant. If your ground is not frozen solid by the Polar Vortex, pull out the shovel this weekend and invest in a growing future. If you’re an apartment dweller or don’t have a little soil of your own to till, volunteer for some of the fantastic urban greening organizations all around the country. Future-You will look back and thank you. (To make it easy on your wallet, join the Arbor Day Foundation and you will get ten free trees to plant).

Corporate Forestry

FedEx Enchanted Forest

It is, of course, very popular to find fault with large corporations these days (very popular, and not an incredible challenge, actually…so many international companies make themselves easy targets). Since multi-nationals are a part of our universe, I am always pleased when I discover ways they get things right. A couple of large companies have recently come to my attention for their focus on climate change and their efforts to engage the public in environmental care.

HSBC, one of the world’s largest banking and financial institutions, has partnered with volunteer service company Earthwatch, the Climate Group, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and WWF to inspire action and dig deeper into climate change with their 5-year Climate Partnership. The goal is to engage at least  100,000 of HSBC’s international workforce to take on decisive action for the environment. They have already set up regional climate centers in China, India, Latin America, North America, and Europe for local research programs and field work, since forests are so different from place to place. HSBC employees can elect to work in the Climate Champion program, working with the scientific community, to help monitor forests, and educate their colleagues, families, friends, and communities.

Federal Express has launched an online initiative (via facebook), called the Enchanted Forest, as a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation and FedEx’s own eco-focused organization, EarthSmart (solutions for a more sustainable world). When you go into the animated Enchanted Forest and elect to plant a virtual tree, FedEx translates that action into planting a real tree, aiding reforestation projects in areas affected by wildfires and drought. Click to plant often, and encourage others to do the same, as large companies can put some focus on green that isn’t printed at the treasury.