The dates for the 5th international JUST ONE Tree Day have been confirmed for October 2023. The highly popular event brings together hundreds of schools across the world and encourages children to bring in £1 to plant a tree and help reforest the planet – a tree is planted for every £1 raised.
To date, the event has involved more than 200,000 children from over 550 schools and resulted in the pupils planting a quarter of a million trees, enabling JUST ONE Tree to expand into more countries, including Brazil, and become part of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
- England, Wales & Northern Ireland: Friday 13 October
- Scotland: Friday 29 September
- International: Friday 13 October
The day highlights to children and young people how their individual actions can make a difference in the fight against climate change and the biodiversity crises. It is the flagship event of JUST ONE Tree, a British not-for-profit dedicated to removing CO2 from the atmosphere through global reforestation.
JUST ONE Tree Day is open to all from pre-school, primary and secondary schools to colleges – they can sign up here. Schools taking part can access free lesson resources that fit in with the national curriculum. As part of their fundraising activities, pupils learn about photosynthesis, the benefits of trees for both people and wildlife and the vital role they play in reducing the impacts of climate change.
JUST ONE Tree founder, Amanda Bronkhorst: “JUST ONE Tree Day was born out of my passion to make a difference – not only for my young daughter but for the future of all children. JUST ONE Tree Day has resulted in over a quarter of a million trees planted by pupils and I know that this year the ‘children’s forest’ can grow even bigger.
“School participation is doubly important because not only do they raise funds, the forest planted on their behalf helps compensate for a school’s environmental impact.
“Many children today struggle with climate anxiety, caused by the reality of our climate crisis. But JUST ONE Tree Day tells them that we can all make a difference with a simple action. By taking direct action it spreads hope and positivity. It’s important to involve our young, helping them tackle their worries of today while setting them up for a sustainable lifestyle that aids their future.”
The money raised is used to plant the ‘right trees in the right place’ – supporting reforestation projects in Brazil, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nepal, and Zambia, including mangroves and kelp forests.
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