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Calling South Africans to plant trees for Africa!

On 8 September, Bruce Whitfield of 702’s Money Show launched a nationwide appeal for Arbor Month – for corporates to pledge a donation of trees for under resourced communities, through Food & Trees for Africa’s Trees for All and Trees for Homes programmes.

Food & Trees for Africa, South Africas social enterprise operating within formerly disadvantaged communities nationally, implements six greening, climate change mitigation and food security programmes which are aimed at redressing the devastation caused by drought, climate change and a growing population.

The initiative was launched when Graeme Körner of Körner Perspective` used FTFAs Carbon Calculator. The result was 56 trees that needed to be planted to offset the emissions generated by Körner Perspective`s operating activities, based on actual electricity and rough travel calculations, which Graeme rounded up to a total of 60 trees.  

Being Arbor Month and a particularly appropriate time to plant trees, Graeme extended the invitation to plant trees to some corporate friends and the proverbial ball started rolling.

By donating one tree to FTFA, an individual can offset local travel, contribute to climate change mitigation, address food security in the case of a fruit tree, and green and beautify a community all in one easy step.

Whitfield also spoke to Vega Asset Management Managing Director Francois du Plessis and Odyssey Capital Managers’ Philip Lidgey.

Vega Asset Management pledged a donation of 100 trees, and has identified animal welfare organisations to be the beneficiaries of 100 trees. 85 trees will go to SAVA Community Vet Clinics and 15 trees will go to Tshwane SPCA.

We pledge 101 trees, and we’ll make it an annual donation,” said Philip Lidgey of Odyssey Capital Managers. Warren Ingram of Galileo Capital pledged 102 trees.
Through these three donations alone, 262 trees will be planted, offsetting 97 tonnes of carbon. Many more donations have come in through Graeme Korner's challenge and we encourage more people to take up the challenge.

You cannot separate the economy and the environment. Business needs to look after the environment. We make it very possible for companies to plant trees and mitigate their carbon footprint,” agreed Chris Wild, Executive Director of FTFA.

“Look us up on the web. We’ll help you through the process of donating. Every tree counts!” he concluded.
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