Trees to bring biodiversity to Langa

Thanks to the wonderful support from kulula fans, 3 000 trees are already in the ground and doing their thing to bring back the birds and the bees to the communities of Tembisa and Mt Moriah.

The International Day for Biological Diversity was launched by the United Nations on the 22 May of this year.  The aim is to increase our understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. In short biodiversity is a measure of the wellbeing of ecosystems, the Earth, our home. With increasing urbanisation worldwide, biodiversity has steadily been dropping, most likely due to the destruction of habitats.  Can you believe that almost 18 000 species have gone extinct this year alone? 

The theme for this year is forest biodiversity, which is fitting seeing as 2011 is the International Year of the Forests.  It therefore seems appropriate that in a time where 1.5 million hectares of forest are lost per annum, kulula and FTFA team up to plant over 100 hectares of urban forest in disadvantaged areas around South Africa.

kulula fans raised an amazing R1 million to support FTFA’s efforts to respond to climate change and improve environments, especially for the poor.  This was achieved through kulula’s Project Green Programme, which aims to combat the atmospheric carbon loads and greenhouse gases released by their aircraft.

By February 2009 Project Green had planted 2009 trees.  Now, thanks to the thousands of kulula fans who contributed money every time they flew, thousands more trees and hectares of bamboo will be planted for disadvantaged communities this year.

The residents of Langa were very excited to have been chosen as one of the recipient communities of the kulula Trees for Homes project and received their trees on the 27 and 28 May in celebration of the International Day of Biodiversity.

Check out My Trees; it is a new mobile phone site supported by kulula that allows users to calculate their carbon footprint and neutralise this through the planting of trees.

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