How planting trees impacts the planet

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Reforestation with Plant Your Change

Every day, members of the Aspiration community are reforesting our planet by choosing to plant trees with roundups - and, together, we’re already contributing to the planting of millions of trees every year. We’ve done our best to create a simple and transparent way for our customers to trust that they’re truly making a difference. 

How do we do that? Behind the scenes, our team records all trees we commit to planting on behalf of our customers and partners. We then work with a variety of tree planting partners across the globe on various reforestation projects, only after completing a due diligence process for each partner and project. That’s how we make sure that the tree planting is ethical, thoughtful, and sustainable.

We then distribute our tree planting commitments across our various partners. Once they receive the funding for their reforestation initiatives, they begin the planting process, which can take up to 18 months. To reforest sustainably takes both time and careful planning. It’s important to make sure that any reforestation project restores an ecosystem and its natural biodiversity. Our tree planting partners plant native species local to the region and ensure that the planting mimics a natural process, not just monocropping forests. Prior to planting, seedlings may be grown in nurseries to ensure quality and adequate germination. Our partners may also research and plant native agroforestry species to support local communities with food security. 

Additionally, planting millions of trees takes a lot of work! It’s essential to us that any reforestation project we support makes a positive socioeconomic impact on the community in which we’re planting. We aim to ensure that our partners employ folks locally and provide them with a reliable, steady source of income. Planting a seed is just the beginning. Steps are taken to help improve seedling survival rate, monitor/reduce invasive species growth, and improve the odds of long-term reforestation. Partners may also work with local communities or government entities to help ensure the sites are protected, as well as setting aside funds to hire long-term forest guards.

 

Tree Metrics

Sequestration:

Value:

Metric:

Typical mature tree can absorb

22

kg of CO2 / year

Typical mature tree can absorb

48

lbs. of CO2 / year

 

Based on the average per capita emissions in the US (2016) via World Economic Forum and conservatively using one year of CO2 absorption per mature tree, planting an average of 687 trees per year (or approximately 60 trees per month) would offset your individual carbon footprint. 

Keep in mind that trees can take many years to mature, with yearly carbon capture rates and time to maturity dependent on factors such as species of tree, location (which can affect nutrient availability, hydrological conditions, and light), climate, disease, and human interventions. 1,2

 

 

1 Stephenson, N., Das, A., Condit, R. et al. Rate of tree carbon accumulation increases continuously with tree size. Nature 507, 90–93 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1038/nature12914

2 Harmon, M. 2001. Carbon sequestration in forests: addressing the scale question. Journal of Forestry. 99(4): 24-29.

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