As part of my goal to raise awareness about global poverty on this blog, I’ve decided to use this space to promote the 58: Global Impact Tour. Each month will feature a different country and issue. This month it’s planting trees in the Dominican Republic.
70% of individuals living in poverty are the rural poor. Their greatest resources are soil and water. A vicious cycle exists when trees are cut down to sell as firewood or charcoal to meet immediate needs. Deforestation has a ripple effect on the environment causing soil quality to decline, crop productivity to decrease, and families are driven into further into poverty.
Planting trees restores soil nutrients and productivity to the land. Rainwater infiltration increases as it soaks into the ground to replenish aquifers and rivers. Roots stabilize topsoil lessening erosion, the threat of floods and landslides. Farmer’s quality of life improves, as they grow more crops to feed their families and sell extra. Planting trees provides means that don’t compromise resources or the environment for future generations: a victorious cycle. — 58: Global Impact Tour
Watch this video to learn more:
To learn more about this issue and how you can help, visit http://my.live58.org/tour today to join the global fast.
Disclosure: This post has not been compensated in any way, however I do work for one of the organizations that is part of this initiative.