Planting trees and growing forests supports all 17 of the
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
We at The One Heart Movement have set a goal to plant 5 million trees on behalf of every life lost to our global pandemic in the One Heart Forest. Our purpose is to send a unifying message by collaborating with others to create this symbolic forest that honors those we’ve lost while showing our commitment to take care of all life on Earth. By doing so, we are working to bridge our environmental issues with something more relatable – human connection.
What also sets our initiative apart is how we are offsetting carbon:
Every day, trees benefit us in a wide variety of ways. No matter where they’re growing in the world, they positively affect us all.
Trees provide one third of the oxygen we breathe. As trees grow, they help stop climate change by removing carbon dioxide from the air, storing carbon in the trees and soil, and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere. They also remove pollution from the atmosphere, improving air quality and human health. Trees provide many benefits to us, every day.
Trees lessen the amount of stormwater runoff, which reduces erosion and pollution in our waterways, reducing the effects of flooding. Many species of wildlife depend on trees for habitat. Trees provide food, protection, and homes for many birds and mammals.
Those are only a few of the ways trees protect humanity and are essential to our ecosystem. However, over the past 100 years, mankind has been destroying our great protectors through deforestation, causing a rise in temperatures and adding to global warming. It’s up to us to find solutions.
By far the most cost-effective of all the big solutions is to protect and restore forests.
That’s why we’ve joined the trillion tree campaign and why we’re inviting individuals and forward-thinking corporate leaders who understand that trees are a critical tool in the fight against climate change.
This effort could capture an estimated 200 gigatonnes of carbon over the coming decades, an amount equal to two-thirds of the pollution produced since the Industrial Revolution.
Planting 1 trillion trees won’t be easy, but each one of us can make a difference. Together, we can create the kind of change needed to heal our planet.
Tanzania features the largest population of elephants; which can be found in the Selous Game Reserve.
Standing some 5,895 meters above sea level, Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa, and the highest freestanding mountain in the world.
It’s also home to almost every kind of ecological system there is – cultivated land, rainforest, alpine desert, and arctic summit.
The Serengeti is the site of the Great Migration where over 1.5 million wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle, make their way through the grasslands of Tanzania and Kenya in search of pasture. It’s also home to great buffalo herds, elephants, giraffe, leopard, impala, and gazelle, as well as the endangered Eastern Black Rhinoceros.
The most exciting part of the journey is the Mara River crossing where massive herds brave crocodiles and danger at every turn.
This fertile valley is one the most beautiful natural wildlife safari destinations in the world and has even been named one of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders.
The enclosed nature of the crater has created an ecosystem all of its own, resulting in some of the best opportunities to spot game. It also has the densest known population of lions. Buffalo, elephants, leopards, and rhino can also be seen here, in addition to a host of other well-loved African classics like the ostrich, zebra, cheetah, wildebeest, gazelle, and hippos.
Lake Tanganyika is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world. In fact, it is so large that it belongs to four different countries; Tanzania, Burundi, Zambia, and Congo. The lake is fed by at least 50 streams and rivers and is regarded as one of the world’s most biologically rich and scientifically valuable habitats. It holds an astounding 8% of the world’s freshwater and is home 500 fish species.
Tarangire National Park is also home to tree-climbing lions. Watching these lions gingerly move across the branches is a sight that’s worth seeing.
Zanzibar has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world featuring white sand, blue waters, and swaying palms.
Zanzibar also has its own leopard population, known as the Zanzibar Leopard, which are extremely rare.
Diving or snorkeling off of one of Zanzibar’s islands will provide you with rich up-close encounters with amazing and unique underwater sea creatures found among the coral reefs. You could spot Lionfish, Leaf Fish, Seahorse, Green Turtles, and even Frog Fish.