Wish Trees are special spaces where we are invited to step outside of our busy lives to connect with what truly matters to us, articulate it and offer it to the world. As we see the wishes of other people floating in the breeze of the crown of the tree, we are reminded of our common humanity.
“Where trees grow –people grow”
The purpose of all of Wish Tree’s work is to support Peace. Peace starts with ourselves. If we are not peaceful inside our hearts we don’t lead peaceful lives. That is why Wish Tree offers transformational coaching and workshops for individuals and organisations.
But Wish Tree’s Peace work also extends to support the sustainable development of communities and our Planet Earth.
Did you know that climate change contributes to wars and violence across the globe? Drought, flooding, natural disasters and temperature changes affecting agriculture and crop species drive people to leave their homes, which in turn contributes to regional and global unrest. Some areas of the world are already uninhabitable due to climate change. Getting involved with protecting our only Home – Planet Earth- is crucial to the future of Humanity and the future of Peace. Planting trees and saving forests are deliberate acts of Peace.
“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree today”
Plant a Tree, Save a Rainforest
To support a more sustainable and peaceful world, each year Wish Tree plants a glade of trees in East Africa through Vi Agroforestry and a minimum of one football pitch – sized area of rainforest in the Children’s Eternal Rainforest of Costa Rica. Both projects have been running for over 30 years and have transformed the lives of millions of people and species, as well as reduced the effects of climate change. With your help there can be more trees and a larger forest! Planting a tree costs less than a cup of coffee and a pitch of rainforest is similar to the price of a coaching session.
Tree planting in East Africa
One of the biggest threats to development in Africa is climate change. The unreliable rainfalls make it difficult for farmers to plan their crops. Drought and soil erosion ruin the land and crops fail. Those already vulnerable are hit the hardest. Sustainable agriculture contributes to the mitigation of climate change and protects against the negative effects of climate change.
Vi Agroforestry is a Swedish development cooperation that supports sustainable livelihoods and improves the environment together with small-holder farming families and farmers’ organisations in the Lake Victoria basin in East Africa. My family has supported the organisation since 1983 when it was founded.
To date, over 100 million trees have been planted and over 1,8 million people have been reached through education and community building support programmes. The philosophy is “Where trees grow –people grow”. Combined planting of trees and crops, so-called Agroforestry, for a sustainable environment and better living conditions is the basis for Vi Agroforestry’s work.
Children’s Eternal Rainforest, Costa Rica
Rainforests are often called the lungs of the planet for their role in absorbing carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, and producing oxygen, upon which all humans and animals depend for survival. Rainforests help to reduce the effects of worldwide climate change and produce nourishing rainfall all around the planet. In addition to the important role rainforests play in Earth’s climate, they are also home to about half of the species of plants and wildlife on the planet, including many medicinal plants used to cure disease.
The Children’s Eternal Rainforest (Bosque Eterno de los Niños, in Spanish, or BEN) is the largest private reserve in Costa Rica, with an area of over 22,500 hectares of protected tropical forest in the northwestern Monteverde region of Costa Rica. It is also one of the most intensely biodiverse areas found anywhere on Earth. The BEN exists thanks to the help of children and adults all over the world who have taken part in what is known as the Children’s Rainforest Movement. This fundraising campaign started in Sweden and the United States of America in 1987, and continued to expand around the world.
In 1988, when I was 11 years old, my mum helped me and some friends start a local branch of the Swedish initiative The Children’s Rainforest (Barnens Regnskog).
Our small group of school pupils and dedicated parents managed to save over a million square metres of rainforest alone in around 2 years, using basic and creative fundraising tools and awareness campaigns in our local community. The power of this project made a huge impact on me – I learned that if you see a problem in the world and you believe in it strongly enough, you really can make change happen.
In 2014 I visited the Children’s Rainforest for the first time and experienced it’s magnificence and the impact the conservation of the forest has had on the local community over the last three decades.
At present, 44 different countries have contributed to the acquisition and protection of the territories of the BEN. In 2007, the Children’s Eternal Rainforest was declared part of the Peace and Water Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
Want to save a pitch of rainforest?
You can secure an entire football pitch -sized area of intensely biodiverse rainforest in the Children’s Eternal Rainforest for the same price as a coaching session!
You can make a donation directly to the Monteverde Conservation League, who are responsible for protecting the Children’s Eternal Rainforest
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Why are Rainforests disappearing?
Humans are the main cause of rainforest destruction. We are cutting and burning down forests to:
- Create grazing areas for beef-cattle for Burger chains
- Plant chicken feed for chickens for Fast food companies
- Plant citrus trees for Cola companies
- Plant palm trees for Palm Oil companies
- Sell exclusive timber such as teak
- Construct roads and dams
- Extract oil, gas and minerals
- Grow crops for local food use (although the rainforest soil does not lend it self very well for this purpose which means that after a couple of years more forest needs to be destroyed in order to make way for more farm land)
- Make paper
The destruction of rainforests contributes to climate change, but rainforests are also threatened by climate change itself by causing droughts in parts of the Amazon and Southeast Asian rainforests.