The iGiveTrees campaign has been supported by global citizens spanning 5 continents since 2009. Our field partners plant native species trees at a size, and in a manner, that is conducive to their growth, rather than just being statistics that die off within months due to lack of care. We always respect the dignity, wisdom and value of every person involved in the process, from seed harvesters, to nurserymen, to organizational partners, to subsistence farmers.
In 2016, iGiveTrees was recognized as one of “100 Projects for the Climate” by the French Ministry of the Environment, and was invited to participate in the climate change conferences COP22, 23 and 24 as well as the 4th World Congress on Agroforestry.
Meet our 2019 field partners and help us replant Brazil’s rainforests, using proven regenerative agroforestry methods.
We partnered with PRETATERRA to help a new generation of environmental entrepreneurs scale their successful organic regenerative agroforestry methods throughout Brazil’s rainforests.
Your support allows us to expand the reforestation of native species trees, while regenerating the soil and supporting local communities through the production of food crops that are interplanted. The trees we give back to the Earth are maintained by local people to insure their survival in the field.
My name is Alana Lea, founder of the iGiveTrees project. Through trial and error, over the last decade, we‘ve discovered a way to restore real hope. With your funding partnership, I’ve been able to give trees to small Brazilian communities through their local NGOs. In turn, they are improving the soil, replanting an endangered rainforest to restore biodiversity, produce more oxygen, replenish water systems, and sink more carbon for the benefit of the whole planet.
These days, I’m confident that we’ve made a positive impact by directly supporting small local, organic, rural organizations, instead of the Big International NGOs (BINGOs) that accept funding from agrochemical companies, then teach people to use toxic chemicals to keep their donors happy. These BINGOs also fund environmental education, while requiring the use of herbicides when their projects replant the forest. Nature’s balance is once again being destroyed, by those methods.
Small local NGOs and training centers are in the ideal position to educate subsistence farmers who want to revitalize land and water, without being obligated to apply toxic herbicides, by benefactors who accept funding from multinational agrochemical companies.
Most of the trees we’ve given back to the Atlantic Forest since 2010 have been planted in the Vale do Paraiba, São Paulo state. Have a look at this historic photo to see the area, as it appeared in the 1882. We see slaves working in a coffee plantation. Descendants of some of these people are now subsistence farm families, who received trees to heal the spirit of both people and the land, while renewing their water sources.
Here’s how the project began…
When I learned that 93% of the Brazilian rainforest where I was born had disappeared in my lifetime, I was shocked into action. So I found people who knew more about the land than I did, and together we started a reforestation project.
Over several years, I teamed up with a network of sustainable seed harvesters, small NGOs, training centers and subsistence farm families who now live on barren land that was once a lush rainforest. They want to replant their land, without adding toxic chemicals to their groundwater, as they’re being taught to do by certain entities.
In some of the areas we’ve helped plant in the past years, residents are challenged by the eucalyptus plantations (for paper pulp) that work with agrochemical companies, and their green gloved NGO partners who approve of planting genetically engineered trees, sprayed with toxic herbicides.
Once abundant water sources were sucked dry by thirsty, fast-growing, eucalyptus trees, contributing to epic droughts, while pollinators die, and remaining water supplies are contaminated by glyphosate, now recognized as a carcinogen by the World Health Organization.
By contrast, when we give rural families a gift of organically grown, native species trees, they renew the life of the rainforest to benefit us all.
Together, we renew the planet’s precious resources for our children.
Reforestation supports global cooling, the return of wildlife and biodiversity. And our hundreds of species of tropical trees have a better chance of growing to maturity, faster, able to sink more carbon than trees planted in the backyards of the Northern Hemisphere, genetically modified trees, or seedlings planted by hand or drones on degraded land, then left to fend for themselves.
Your tax-deductible “crowdfunding” donations here make the purchase and distribution of these trees possible, at no cost to the recipients, through social enterprise and non-profit partnerships. We work directly with small, local NGO partners in the community who are focused on teaching organic agroforestry methods in targeted areas of need.
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