We're a group of individuals and businesses who have come together to do something remarkable in response to the climate emergency. It's not enough to just draw down our own carbon footprints - we need to go far beyond to have the best chance of reversing climate change. Each of us have taken the pledge, and are committed to finding thousands of other people to do the same.
By coming together in this time of need, and supporting one another other to plant over 1 million trees each, we strive to be 'good ancestors' to the billions of unborn generations whose future we hold in our hands.
Your Questions Answered
Why did we create the Million Tree Pledge?
The founding members were taking climate action with Ecologi and a number of them had the same ambition of planting 1 million trees. One of these people, Marcus Hemsley, came up with the idea of a pledge site, where people not only pledged to plant 1 million trees, but had to find at least two other pledgers so the movement would grow exponentially.
The community supports each other to spread the word and build a movement that has a significant impact in the fight against climate change.
It is estimated humanity has cut down over 3 trillion trees (almost 50% of the world's total), with a current rate of 15 billion a year being lost. We need to put these back and embark on mass reforestation and rewilding.
We want to help create a world where hundreds of thousands of businesses and individuals pledge to plant 1 million trees each over the coming decades - drawing down millions of tonnes of C02, slowing down climate change and restoring biodiversity to deforested areas globally.
While planting trees in the right places can't solve climate change alone, it can buy us time and play a big part in creating a habitable planet. It needs to become the norm for all of us.
How much does it cost to plant 1 million trees?
Currently through Ecologi.com the cost is £120,000 or $165,000.
Where are the trees planted?
Through the Ecologi.com platform, pledgers donate to the Eden Reforestation Project. With the mantra ‘plant trees, save lives’, this charity reduces extreme poverty and restores healthy forests by employing local people (often women) to plant millions of trees every year – thereby creating employment opportunities for disadvantaged groups, while planting trees with a focus on sustainability and biodiversity. Their sites are in 8 countries, including Madagascar, Indonesia and Mozambique, chosen to maximise the positive impact on nature - for example, planting Mangroves in the Madagascan rainforest absorbs four times more C02 than the average tree. Since 2004 they have planted almost 500,000,000 trees creating 4,850,313 workdays for people in extreme poverty.
Who are the founder members and their businesses?
Bek Kimber - Create
Sam Zindel - PropellerNet
Simon Blacker - Krystal
Dennis Hettema - Hemma
David Pickles - Symbotik
Marcus Hemsley - Fountain Partnership
Xabier Izaguirre - Parcel Monkey
Douglas Morton - Bother
Claire Gostling - Bother
Elliot Horner - Cannabrew
Dean Sadler - Tribepad
Michal Szczesny - Artfinder
Jane Verity - Artfinder
Kirsty Deveney - Artfinder
Joseph Munns - BakedIn