Their work is primarily in developing countries where there has been terrible deforestation and resulting human misery. They assist people in these communities to restore tree cover, eventually forests, to degraded lands. Among the many benefits of these trees, they also remove and sequester important quantities of carbon, as carbon monoxide, the principle "greenhouse gas". Each year, we help people plant more than 2.5 million of these trees. Each year the total carbon sequestration increases by another 60,000 tons or more. Research indicates that this is, by far, the most efficient and cost-effective way in which to address the threat of global climate change. When the trees are planted in the world's developing communities the cost is significantly reduced and, because of the tropical climate, the benefit is increased three times or more. I'll point out that we plant the trees for human and environmental benefit. The carbon sequestration is a side benefit but it is important, especially in our industrialized society. We have several businesses supporting this program now. A few are already sequestering all the carbon dioxide of their entire operations.
In the early 1970’s, Dave and Grace Deppner served as volunteers in the Philippines, where they witnessed the human tragedy brought on by illegal logging and unsustainable land management systems. Working with community leaders in nearby villages, the Deppners found a way to offer hope. They revitalized lands by providing farmers with tree seeds, technical training and on-site planning assistance.
After returning to the U.S. from their overseas assignments they continued what they had started, communicating by mail with the project leaders and providing seeds, information and training materials. On August 14, 1989, Trees for the Future was incorporated as a public charity. Since then Trees has planted over 115 million trees in dozens of countries and revitalized hundreds of thousands of acres of soil while changing people’s lives forever.
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