What is one of the best ways to reduce Greenhouse Gases, improve local food reliance and improve local economies?
Plant trees, especially ones that produce edible food or other valuable resources.
As a wedding gift to Ian and Julia you and others can donate funds used to plan trees in either the non-profit eco-educational OUR Ecovillage near Shawnigan Lake (Vancouver Island) or to schools and communities in Uganda.
OUR Ecovillage has a charitable arm that will issue you an income tax receipt. You can buy seedlings in $10 increments. These will be nut trees, part of creating their Zero Mile Eatery. They will care for the trees. To donate to this project do click on this nut symbol: 🌰
Trees in Uganda will help improve nutritional levels of school children with healthy fruit, a food they often lack. While your donation to Young Leaders Uganda (Yolou; www.youngleadersuganda.org) will not give you a tax receipt it will provide far more trees per dollar and have a bigger impact on their com…
I am moved. Actually, blown away.
Julia and I asked that people donate funds to plant fruit and nut trees, rather than to give us stuff (we are trying to downsize). Several people donated toward nut trees at the OUR Ecovillage, where our second ceremony and celebration occurred on July 7th. This picture shows us ceremoniously about to plant one of those trees. (Thank you to Michael Geselbracht for his proficient assistance!)
About 40 people gave to a fruit-tree planting project in Uganda inspired by our marriage. Just over $2000 was sent. Over 10,000 fruit trees were planted!
Moses Ochole, who heads up the Young Leaders of Uganda, inspired well over 1000 children to plant these trees,
The movement started smaller. As more funds came through, though, it grew!
While Julia and I were happily getting married (one ceremony in Nelson June 29th and one on July 7th) this region in central Uganda declared holidays in honour of our wedding and of these gifts of trees!