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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Trees for the Future!

In honor of Earth Day, April 22nd, Only Natural Pet Store is participating in the Trees for the Future project! With your help, they will be able to plant thousands of trees in a number of villages across the world. Here's what they are saying...

Reforestation is one of the most direct and cost-effective ways to reduce global warming, so Only Natural Pet Store has chosen Trees for the Future as our Earth Day donation project this year. Please choose a donation amount from the list above and go through the check out process as you normally would when buying products from us (you may also purchase products at the same time). We will pass on 100% of your donation to Trees for the Future along with ours!

The trees we'll plant together will be used in agroforestry and reforestation to help to restore the natural resources of rural farmers' degraded lands. The fast-growing trees will offer the farmer food, fodder and fuel and the land stability and fertilizer.

  • $100 plants 1 grove = 1,000 trees
  • $480 plants 1 village = 5,000 trees

We've already planted 1 village and you can help us plant more!

Beneficial trees minimize soil erosion, supply forage for animals, and provide a source of fuelwood, but planting trees is difficult when the canopy has disappeared, topsoil has been eroded, and the climate and growing conditions have changed. Through our network of technicians, volunteers, and community leaders world-wide, our program reaches remote areas and gives local people the knowledge and ability to rehabilitate their environment.

Since 1988, Trees for the Future has helped thousands of communities in Central America, Africa, and Asia improve their livelihoods and their environment by planting nearly 50 million trees. We calculate that these trees remove approximately one million tons of CO2 from the atmosphere each year.

Why Plant Trees?

Through photosynthesis, trees and other plants take in carbon dioxide and replace it with oxygen. By restoring tree cover to barren lands, we have a very cost-effective way to continuously remove carbon dioxide (the major "greenhouse gas") from the global atmosphere. And when such projects take place in the developing countries of the humid tropics, we can plant about five times as many trees and remove about 15 times as much carbon than if we did it in the United States.

About Trees for the Future

Since 1989, Trees for the Future has been helping communities around the world plant trees. Through seed distribution, agroforestry training, and country programs, they've empowered rural groups to restore tree cover to their lands. Planting trees protects the environment and helps to preserve traditional livelihoods and cultures for generations.

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