The iGiveTrees campaign has been supported by global citizens spanning 5 continents since 2009. We are responsible for 6,000 trees being planted 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 have respected 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 conference, COP22. Since then we have been scaling our future reach with support from the French organization, OpenTeam who hosts our website.
To increase our capacity to plant native species tropical staple tree crops in the years ahead, we are collaborating with a Brazilian agroforestry training center to help a new generation of environmental entrepreneurs learn how to replicate successful organic regenerative agroforestry methods.
Your support allows us to continue planting and maintaining native species trees organically, while supporting local communities. The trees we gift back to the Earth are maintained by local people for two years, to insure their survival in the field.
My name is Alana Lea, creator of the iGiveTrees project. Through trial and error, over the last nine years, we‘ve discovered a way to restore real hope. With your funding partership, 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, rebalance 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 are in the ideal position to distribute saplings to farmers who want to revitalize land and water, without being obligated to apply herbicides to the new forests, 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, receiving 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 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 are renewing the planet’s precious natural resources for our kids.
And, we’re proud of our results! Most tree planting projects are planting seedlings in fields then walking away, hoping they’ll grow without further care. Unfortunately, quite often the baby trees die from lack of water, being overgrown by grasses or trampling within months, while the planting project claims BIG NUMBERS of the trees they planted. Not us.
Have a look at just a few pictures of two year growth reports for trees planted through our project in 2011. OUR TREES GROW!!!
Since our beginning, the project has attracted a global community of supporters: Michael Bernard Beckwith (featured in “The Secret” and founder of Agape International Spiritual Center), Rickie Byars Beckwith (founder of the Agape International Choir), Caroline MacDougall (Teecino founder), DC Cordova (CEO of Money and You), Deborah Koff-Chapin (founder of the Touch Drawing Center), Katherine Woodward Thomas (author of “Calling in The One” and “Conscious Uncoupling”), Marie Diamond (featured in “The Secret”), Martin Dunkerton (author of “Awakening Your Riches”), Ryan Eliason (creator of the Social Entrepreneur Empowerment series), George Kao (creator of the Enlightened Business Bootcamp), Steve Bhaerman (a.k.a. Swami Beyondananda, co-author of “Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future”), Vicki Robin (author of “Your Money or Your Life”), Natalie Ledwell (co-creator of Mind Movies), Sylvie Rokab (director of “Love Thy Nature”) Daniel Nahmod (of Humanity Music Co.) and Nimo (Empty Hands Music), Nutiva, Dr. Bronner’s and the French Ministry of the Environment, Energy and the Sea are among them.
NOW we invite YOU to join us…
Our reforestation project supports global cooling, the return of wildlife and Nature’s 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 OR Genetically Modified trees.
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.
Welcome to the iGiveTrees global community!
iGiveTrees’ mission is to support organic, regenerative agroforestry and afforestation projects, globally, with the aim of carbon drawdown. This includes: sponsoring training events; the cost of soil building materials and their transportation; the construction of native species tree nurseries, water catchment, retention equipment as needed; payment for native tree seed collection; the maintenance of trees that have been planted for two years, by local people. It also includes the travel expenses for the director, staff and project partners to attend trainings and international conferences to represent the work.
Please make checks payable to EarthWays/ iGiveTrees, mailed to:
20178 Rockport Way,
Malibu, California 90265
iGiveTrees is a Project of EarthWays, a 501(c)(3) non-profit.
iGiveTrees is also proud to be a nonprofit partner of 1% for the Planet.