Ecologi joins global Trillion Trees movement
Ecologi has pledged to help slow climate change and advance social equity by conserving, restoring and growing 1.7 billion trees by 2030.
Ecologi is a platform for climate action. It facilitates the funding of carbon offset projects and tree planting around the world. The mission is to remove 50% of global CO2 emissions by 2040 and responsibly plant billions of trees every year.
Ecologi now joins 50 other corporations, governments and non profit organisations in making pledges to the 1t.org US Chapter, which is led by the World Economic Forum and American Forests.
‘We are hugely excited to add our name to the growing list of pledging organisations with 1t.org,’ said Ecologi’s CEO and co-founder Elliot Coad. ‘This pledge will help us engage and exchange ideas with other organisations working in responsible reforestation in the US and worldwide and will help keep us deliver our mission of halting and reversing climate change. We are confident that our incredible community of climate conscious individuals and businesses can fund the planting of well above this 1.7 billion tree pledge by 2030 – and we are incredibly grateful to our subscribers for their dedication to this important cause.’
At the time of making the 1t.org pledge, Ecologi’s community is funding the planting of just over one million trees every 10 days. Over the coming years, the company is scaling up its platform and expanding the community to fund the planting of over 1.7 billion trees by 2030 – in fact, forecasts suggest that the community could plant as many as 24 billion trees by 2030. As part of this commitment, Ecologi will review the 1.7 billion trees pledge annually, to measure it against the community growth trajectory at the time, with the intention to continually revise our pledge upwards as the community grows, each year to 2030.
The 1t.org US Chapter was created in August 2020, shortly after the Forum launched its initiative to support the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration by conserving, restoring and growing one trillion trees globally by 2030. The chapter is championing a new approach in the US to creating healthy and resilient forests. Central to this approach is a diverse community of forest champions from the public and private sectors who help facilitate knowledge exchange, surface new collaboration opportunities and unlock the full potential needed to accelerate and scale up forest related ambitions and actions. There is no other means in the US for bringing together entities that have made commitments related to forests so they can learn from each other and help each other achieve their goals.
‘We are excited to welcome Ecologi to the 1t.org US Chapter community,’ said American Forests president and chief executive officer Jad Daley. ‘This pledge is a living example of how every individual action brings us a step closer to one trillion trees. Add up each action and we are well on the road to ensuring that future generations can enjoy all the benefits that healthy and resilient forests provide.’
Recent issues making headlines, such as climate change induced heat waves and wildfires, drive home the need to conserve, restore and grow forests. Healthy forests are one of the best nature based solutions to climate change. Studies have shown trees can reduce temperatures by nine degrees and energy costs by $7.8 billion a year. The chance of extreme wildfires occurring also decreases dramatically when forests are managed properly by, for example, planting specially selected tree species in burned areas and using novel planting techniques for resilience to future wildfires.
Investing in forests will also help improve the economy and public health. In the US alone, every $1 million invested in tree planting and other forest restoration activities creates almost 40 jobs in rural areas and 25.7 in urban areas. From a health perspective, trees absorb 17.4 million tonnes of air pollutants a year, helping to prevent 670,000 cases of asthma and other acute respiratory symptoms annually.