About Our Tree Planting Efforts

To plant the trees, we have partnered with Trees, Water & People, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. TWP has been working with communities in Central America for over thirteen years to help protect and manage their natural resources. In that time, TWP has planted over 4 million trees that provide fruit, timber, and firewood to the local communities. Taking a comprehensive approach to the problem of deforestation and smoke inhalation, TWP has also provided these communities with over 37,000 fuel-efficient cook stoves that burn less firewood and reduce inhalation of toxic smoke.

The challenges we face today are not easy to solve. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 2.6 billion people currently rely on fuelwood or charcoal as their primary source of energy for cooking and heating. This firewood is typically burned in unsafe, smoky, open fire stoves and is usually harvested straight from the rainforest. This collection of fuelwood and building material from the rainforest is a significant contributor to global deforestation and climate change. In recent decades, countries where TWP is working, like Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Haiti have experienced severe deforestation. This deforestation has lead to substantially reduced sequestration of atmospheric carbon and other greenhouse gases that are released daily by humans all over the planet.

Since an average tree in a Central American rainforest has the capacity to offset approximately 1 ton of CO2 over its lifetime and an average person in North America emits between 10 – 20 tons of CO2 per year, planting just 20 trees can offset all of your greenhouse gas emissions for a year!

Puchase the “I Signed” t-shirt today to plant your very own tree!

Here are some photos from our tree planting efforts:

A Trees, Water & People supported tree nursery located in Nicaragua.

Stuart Conway from Trees, Water & People inspects a tree sapling in Guatemala.

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