African Climate Reality Project is launching Sink Our Co2, our new campaign that is aimed at creating awareness around forest management, restoration, and protection as carbon sinks, and inspire people to plant and protect trees (and even hug them if they like).
To support this important work, ACRP’s Branch Manager, Amy Giliam decided she would take the #LeadOnClimate by pledging to run for trees!
Amy planned on participating in the 2020 Two Oceans Half Marathon on 11 April, and to use this event to help support Sink Our CO2 by raising funds that would go towards tree planting and reforestation initiatives in Africa.
However, with the current threat of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Two Oceans Marathon has been cancelled in order to curb the spread and lower the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
Despite this, Amy has decided that even though she is no longer able to run for trees, that she will continue to speak up for them. She will continue to raise funds for Sink Our CO2 so that once on the ground actions can resume, the tree planting and reforestation activities can begin!
Join the call to action by donating to help ACRP plant and protect trees across Africa! Make your donation here.
[Note to reader: This post was edited on 18/03/2020 in line with updates regarding COVID-19]
Why is this important?
Forests act as the world’s lungs, playing a massive role in absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. More importantly, they currently absorb and store more carbon than they release, making them extremely important carbon sinks. In fact, the 2018 special report of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirmed that ending deforestation will significantly help keep the planet’s average temperature increase to well below 2 degrees Celsius.
But, they are in danger – which means we are too.
Damage caused by logging, farming activities, and the climate crisis – and threats like the destructive plan to drill for oil in the Congo Basin – is reducing our forests’ ability to absorb as much carbon dioxide as they should, to the point where they could become a huge source of carbon emissions into our atmosphere in the coming decades instead of one of the biggest absorbers of this global warming causing gas.
And so it’s up to us to speak for the trees, and ensure that their future – and ours – is protected from the climate crisis.
See how you can get involved in upcoming Sink Our CO2 activities on International Day of Forests here.