1 Trillion Trees: Dr Jane Goodall’s commitment to forests

21 January 2020

At the World Economic Forum today, Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, UN Messenger of Peace and Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) has announced her commitment to 5 million trees in 2020 (via replanting or restoration). Through JGI’s Roots & Shoots global youth program and partnerships towards the 1 Trillion Trees campaign of UNEP, with this effort, Jane hopes to give global forests, and our planet as we know it, a fighting chance.Forests are vital – as the home of most global biodiversity, regulators of water and climate systems, and resources for human livelihoods. Tragically, they are being destroyed at a staggering rate. This is largely due to powerful economic and political interests, and consumer demands for beef, mined materials, palm oil, paper and other products. This process is wiping out countless species and threatening all life on Earth. In the face of this crisis, forest protection, replanting and restoration are some of the best solutions we have for mitigating climate change, protecting human well-being and species survival. Through this campaign, Dr. Goodall is taking a stand, supporting the 1 Trillion Trees 10-year goal through the work of JGI, its Roots & Shoots youth program, and other partnerships.

1T.ORG offers innovative technologies which will serve to connect tens of thousands of small and large groups around the world that are engaged in tree planting and forest restoration. Creating this “greening global community”, will allow for sharing critically needed funding and best practices — just what is needed to achieve the trillion trees goal in ten years. Toward this 1T.ORG goal, I am proud to announce that our Roots & Shoots program, which empowers young people in more than 60 countries, has committed to planting 5 million new trees over the coming year. Now is the time for everyone on the planet to do their part.”

– Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, UN Messenger of Peace and Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI)

Dr. Goodall, motivated by the power of hope, feels that this is an opportunity to grow good one tree at a time. Roots & Shoots began in 1991 with a group of Tanzanian High School Students in Dar es Salaam seeking to do something about the problems in their community. It has evolved into a global network of young people in 150,000 groups from more than 60 countries. Today, Roots & Shoots supports young people in becoming environmental stewards and activists through service-learning projects, many of which directly restore or replant forests. Since 1991, Roots & Shoots groups have already made a tremendous impact, and in 2020, Roots & Shoots youth and partners will help plant and/or restore 5 million trees. 

According to the campaign, global reforestation binds at least a quarter of the annual man-made CO2 emissions. Preventing the continued loss and degradation of forests and supporting sustainable and appropriate restoration could contribute to one-third of total climate change mitigation required by 2030. Restoring just 350 million hectares of forest could potentially sequester (offset) 1.7 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent annually (IUCN). This is a big deal, and there’s space to grow – by the campaign’s estimations, in total, an area the size of the United States could be reforested. 

As an advocate for people, other animals and the environment for over 40 years, Dr. Goodall is passionate about supporting initiatives that not only bring attention to this issue, but directly encourage individual action as a part of the solution. Through JGI’s existing community-centered conservation projects, innovative science, and Roots & Shoots youth activism, Jane aims to turn things around before it is too late.

1t.org is a World Economic Forum initiative, designed to support the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030, led by UNEP and FAO.

About Dr. Jane Goodall and the Jane Goodall Institute

Full Title: Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, UN Messenger of Peace and Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute

From earliest childhood, Jane Goodall was fascinated by wildlife and Africa, inspired by the tales of Tarzan and Dr. Doolittle. In 1957, she pursued her dream and traveled to the Kenyan farm of a friend’s parents and met the famed anthropologist and paleontologist Dr. Louis Leakey. In 1960, at his invitation, she began her landmark study of chimpanzee behavior in what is now Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. At age 26, her discovery that chimpanzees make and use tools shook the foundations of modern science, revolutionized the world of primatology, and redefined the relationship between humans and the rest of the animal kingdom.  

For over 40 years, she has been committed to using her voice to create positive change for people, other animals and the environment we share.  As founder of the Jane Goodall Institute global conservation non-profit and Roots & Shoots youth empowerment program, author, advocate and public speaker, she travels an average 300 days per year sharing her reasons for hope and message that we can each make a difference to create a better world for all, every single day.

In 1977, she founded the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) to inspire hope through action around the world and for generations to come. JGI is a global community-centered conservation organization that advances the vision and work of Dr. Jane Goodall. By protecting chimpanzees and other great apes through collaboration with local communities and the innovative use of science and technology, we improve the lives of people, other animals and the natural world we all share. JGI inspires hope through collective action and is growing the next generation of compassionate environmental stewards through our Roots & Shoots youth program, now active in more than 60 countries around the world.



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