Trees sequester carbon as they grow. While the world needs to be shifting to renewable sources of energy on a global scale, carbon sequestration is a very important part of the plan to stop climate change.
The climate challenge is a global effort to plant trees by regular, daily people. Every tree planted helps sequester carbon and can literally help save our world!
The climate challenge is a simple yet profound way that we can all get involved in reversing climate change. Through the power of simple and direct action, we can make a massive impact on the warming of our globe.
How It Works And How To Get Involved
It’s very simple, plant a tree or donate to The National Forest Foundation for trees to be planted, then post pictures/video of yourself doing the challenge. Tag 3 friends to do the same.
- Donate or Plant: Plant apple seeds (or any tree native to your area) anywhere that you have permission. OR Donate $1-$5 (or more!!) to the National Forest Foundation’s tree planting drive at www.nationalforests.org NFF is currently planting and caring for 1 tree for every $1 that they receive in donations!
- Pass Along The Challenge: Post pictures or video of yourself planting OR a screenshot of your donation to NFF. Include why you are participating in the post, for example “climate change effects us all” Tag 3 friends who care about the environment to do the challenge!
Please Use In Your Post
#climatechallenge and #unifiedhumans
Include the hashtags and the line “Donate to NFF at www.nationalforests.org and find easy tree planting instructions at www.unifiedhumans.com/action.”
That’s it! You’re done, and you have helped make a very real and direct impact on climate change. THANK YOU!
Donating To NFF
How To Plant An Apple Tree
- Find a location where: You have permission to plant. There is at least 4-6 hours of sunlight per day. At least 15 feet from all structures and with no power lines overhead. Remember to take into consideration the location in which you are planting this tree, including utility systems and foundations on the property. Ultimately it is the responsibility of you as the person planting to make sure that your new tree is in a safe and respectful place.
- Cut a regular store bought apple (or any apple!) in half, take the seeds out of the core. Eat the apple if you want to and enjoy! You need 5 seeds per tree that you want to plant. They won’t all come up.
- Lay the seeds out to dry for 2-3 days.
- Dig a few very shallow holes about 1/4-1/2 inch deep. Place your seeds in the holes and cover them over with dirt.
That’s it! You’re done! In the spring, come back and check to see how many new trees are growing. Remove any that you don’t want to grow. Keep the surrounding soil moist during the spring while your new tree is putting out roots.
How To Plant Most Other Trees As Saplings:
- Purchase or acquire a baby tree sapling that is native to your area. Most local nurseries have trees in stock.
- Find a location where: You have permission to plant. There is at least 4-6 hours of sunlight per day. At least 20 feet from all structures and with no power lines overhead. Remember to take into consideration the location in which you are planting this tree and the growth habit of the type of tree you are planting. Some trees can damage foundations and water systems if they are not planted in the correct places. Ultimately it is the responsibility of you as the person planting to make sure that your new tree is in a safe and respectful place.
- Dig a hole that is twice the width of your tree’s root ball, and slightly less deep than the root ball leaving a small amount of the original root ball above the soil line. NOTE: Do not plant your tree in a deep hole, this can prevent it from growing.
- Place your tree in the hole and fill with dirt. Mound dirt on top of any exposed part of the roots, and try to create a shallow area around the base of your tree to collect water.
That’s it! You’re done! THANK YOU!
Actions For Equality
Workshops On Allyship
If we are going to create an equal world, it is of vital importance that we listen to the people who are affected by systemic inequality on a daily basis. “How To Be An Ally” meet ups are a systemized and directed way in which we can listen, find the issues that people are affected by every day, and ultimately work in unity towards solutions. HUM holds events where speakers from affected communities can present the very real effects that racism and bigotry have on their lives. Participants are invited to come listen to and ask questions on the topic of “How can I effectively be an ally to you? How can we work in unity?”. Every area and every community will have different needs, and it is through directly listening to those affected that we can find actual solutions. Together, in unity.
The model for How To Be An Ally is currently being tested in two major US cities. HUM expects to be able to begin hosting HTBA meet ups country wide within the next few months. We will also be featuring podcasts and interviews with activists from effected communities in the coming months.
Upcoming Presentations and Workshops:
Elements of Unity In Humanity Workshop
Presenter: Ukumbwa Sauti
Topic: Finding Unity in the movement and in our daily lives
Millions of people are sitting at home saying "I just can't change this world alone". The good news, we don't have to. Change in our world is possible when we work in unity!
This event will address ways that we can unify together to create real and direct change in our world. When we act together, positive change is inevitable. So what is standing in our way?
We will be exploring and envisioning paths to unity that transcend simplistic conceptions. Ways to move beyond isolation in our daily lives, oppression and barriers to true connection.
The powers that be want us divided, but together we can work to move beyond societally imposed boundaries. When we act together, it becomes much easier to create the world we all want to live in.
Actions For A Compassionate World
Too often in our society we simply don’t feel seen. Living in this world can be the cause of huge amounts of stress and difficult daily occurrences. HUM believes that the creation of a compassionate society requires space where we can simply be ourselves, listen to one another and be seen for exactly who we are in the moment. “Holding Space” meet ups are a structured and directed way in which we can fully hear and see one another while sharing both our daily struggles and triumphs. Through creating and holding space for genuine listening, together we can create a culture of compassion in our world.
The model for Holding Space meet ups is currently being tested in two major US cities. HUM expects to be able to begin hosting Holding Space meet ups country wide within the next few months.