I started planted trees this year and decided to use Tree-Nation. What I really like is they explain on the site what trees go to which locations, and the support the trees provide within that specific environment where the planting has taken place. So each time I plant I could always choose different trees for different locations and really feel like I am doing my part (however big or small) all over the world. It's relatively cheap and really easy to set up. I sent an email, a few months ago, to Tree- Nation asking if they would answer a few questions so I could release this blog and help put the message out in support of planting trees, supporting the environment and just a general message towards being eco-friendly. Check out the interview below. Interview with Tree-Nation
RMH: How long has Tree-Nation been established and why was the company set up?
Max: I created the Tree-Nation in 2006. At that time my friends wouldn’t understand why I wanted to plant trees. Progressively it’s starting to make a whole much more sense :)
RMH: I've recently started planting with [Tree-Nation] and I think it is a great way for myself as an individual and as a freelance company to give back and help support conservation. However, it also worries me with the desperation of the survival of the world and how trees are still being affected. Are the trees being planted under any protection
from future deforestation risks?
Sara: All planted trees are under protection and monitored for at least 5 years.
RMH: With the recent bushfires in Australia and multiple other forest fires worldwide, most recently including Africa, do you think there is realistic hope for the trees planted to restore the forests and wildlife?
Sara: It is precisely due to this huge loss of forest worldwide we need to keep planting trees, thus ensuring the survival of different fauna and flora species.
RMH: How are the locations chosen for Tree-Nation's planting?
Max: Our focus is mostly in the tropics because that’s where trees grow faster and capture CO2 faster. And also where most deforestation happens. However our mission is to plant trees everywhere they are needed, which includes most of the world.
RMH: Does you [Tree-Nation] as a company but also individuals contribute towards the planting as well?
Filip: Yes, we are currently in the process of setting up tree-plantations under our Irish charity, The Afforestation Project, soon to be called Tree-Nation Ireland. There we will contribute to tree-planting as individuals. We also visit our projects worldwide when possible and take part in plantations in Spain whenever there is a possibility of doing so.
RMH: It has become a necessary thing for companies and general public to make changes in their everyday lives to protect the planet ie. LED lights, single use plastics etc. Are there any eco-friendly changes the company has made/ practices? And are there any more changes that could be made?
Max: We have a no paper policy. It’s actually very hard to find a pen in the office, LOL. We also moved to an office place which is one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in our city, Barcelona. We privilege online meetings to avoid transport emissions. But basically, in our team we all care so much about the environment that we end up scrutinising every single action we do and then try to implement more eco-friendly solutions. However we never judge, it has to stay positive and voluntary.
RMH: Finally, what encouragement and suggestions could be given to companies and individuals who might want to start being more active with sustainability and conservation?
Filip: I would suggest starting off by researching where the electricity you use on a daily basis comes from and developing a plan on how to move to more sustainable sources. Next, I would invest time into learning about the food you use, in terms of where it is sourced from and how it is packaged, to determine what alternative foods can be used to live more environmentally. Finally, after switching to live more sustainability in areas of electricity and food, the emissions left-over should be offset by planting trees through Tree-Nation or any other tree-planting not-for-profit.
Obviously this is one aspect towards environmentalism but can have a huge impact on the revival and survival of the world. Today is Earth Day, so there will be a vast amount of information widely available and in the public eye to highlight Earth Day- but remember, this information is available every day too! Have a google and see what changes you could make to both your business and to everyday living. If you want to check out Tree-Nation follow the link here. Or click on the banner on the "About" page of my website. Thank you to Tree-Nation for participating in the interview, and thank you to everyone reading. -RMH