Plant a tree - help offset your carbon footprint
The recent COP17 Climate Change Conference in Durban highlighted the urgent need to protect our environment.
The Anglican Church of Southern Africa has started a carbon offset scheme which involves planting trees, which will be looked after by members of the Anglican church, either through churches, schools or institutions such as orphanages.
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Project leader, Rev Rachel Mash, says, ‘Africa is the continent most vulnerable to climate change and assisting by planting trees is one small action we can all take. As well as offsetting your carbon emissions, you can create beauty and shade.’
Deforestation is responsible for about 20% of global warming. Reforestation is a critical part of the solution. Planting trees absorbs carbon dioxide to reduce climate change, improves air quality, preserves biodiversity, controls flooding by minimizing runoff and topsoil loss and provides habitat and nutrition for wildlife.