A positive month meant we were able to donate £87 to ‘One tree Planted’, planting 110 trees to the plantation in Uganda. Once again, we have also donated £63 to The Ocean Cleanup Project.
Ghana did in fact win the vote for November. However, we just missed out on the project, and went for the closest country available.
Uganda has a rapidly growing population, which is putting a great deal of stress on the country’s forests by increasing demand for firewood, pushing agricultural expansion, and expanding land settlement. As a result, Uganda now has one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world. In Northern Uganda, much of the forest has been cleared for charcoal production, degrading wildlife habitat and presenting a hardship for local farmers.
These trees will provide the farmers with sustainable food and income by growing fruits, nuts, and medicines. In an area that has experienced extensive clear cutting for charcoal production, planting trees will improve agricultural yields, reduce soil erosion, and improve the health of the soil. It will also protect biodiversity by improving habitat and will provide a jump-off point for several other sustainable agroforestry projects in the area, improving the livelihoods of hundreds of Ugandan farmers.
A variety of trees will be planted based on the needs of specific sites. These include indigenous trees such as the shea (Vitellaria paradoxa), which produces shea butter; Afzelia africana, an endangered hardwood; and several Acacia species. Useful non-indigenous trees include Grevillea robusta, Gmelina arborea, and Leucaena leucocephala, as well as fruit trees like avocado and papaya.
The Ocean Cleanup
In November, The Ocean Cleanup project completed their 90th extraction from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This is the last one they are able to do due to tough winter conditions. However, they will be back for more in spring. For now, they will continue to block rubbish from entering the ocean via rivers and streams around the world.
Their large System03 catches tons of plastic out of our ocean. Watch the below video to understand the technology behind how they catch only plastic and no sealife!