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Self Help Africa One Million Trees Campaign

Self Help Africa Ambassador, Ulster Rugby’s Rob Herring, has lent his support to the Northern Ireland charity’s local-to-global climate change action campaign here and in Africa by planting a tree.

As the threat of climate change is still real and frightening, one of the best hopes our planet has is trees, to provide effective ways to remove harmful carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. They need to be planted urgently, and at scale. So if you want to continue to help our planet by taking positive climate change action, you could contribute to this campaign and plant a tree – a vital step in saving our planet.

With your help in planting 100,000 trees across Ireland, Self Help Africa aims to plant One Million Trees in sub-Saharan Africa, as for every tree planted here Self Help Africa will plant 10 new trees in Africa. You can get involved by donating as little as £5.00 which will plant a tree here while that donation will also plant 10 African trees.

The tree planting initiative is supported by premium Irish dairy brand, Glenisk and will be supported through their Bio Organic Yogurt range.

This campaign is affiliated to a wider UN backed initiative “One Trillion Trees”, one of the biggest global reforestation initiatives in history, and the native Irish trees will be planted by the cross-border organisation Trees on the Land, which will organise tree planting days with farmers, smallholders, community groups, councils, schools, colleges and many other landowners as lockdown eases.

SuperValu is the official retail partner to the campaign, working with Glenisk to support in-store fundraising promotions throughout the year.

Denny Elliott, Head of Self Help Africa in Northern Ireland, said: “The message of this campaign is while no-one can do everything to combat climate change, everybody can do something. In Africa, trees not only help remove harmful greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, they also provide an important source of food, income, shade and shelter for rural poor households. I know the public in Northern Ireland are renowned for being extremely generous with charitable giving and this campaign provides a real win win for Self Help Africa as we’re helping the environment at home as well as abroad.”

Glenisk Managing Director, Vincent Cleary said that the company was delighted to support Self Help Africa’s tree planting campaign. “I travelled to Ethiopia and Kenya recently and saw first-hand some of the damaging effects of climate change.  This initiative is a practical response to a challenge that confronts us all and will see Irish households and schoolchildren working alongside African families to plant more trees and help to reduce the effects of global warming. That is why ‘One Million Trees’ is so compelling,” he said.

To find out how you can get involved with ‘One Million Trees in 2020’ and to make a donation, please visit selfhelpafrica.org/onemilliontrees