Children from Seend C. Of E. Primary School in Melksham, Wiltshire, celebrating Just One Tree Day
Schools invited to sign up for international JUST ONE Tree Day
Schools across the UK are uniting on – an international non-uniform day that encourages children to bring in £1 to plant a tree and help reforest the planet.
Over 150,000 children from eight countries have already joined together since JUST ONE Tree Day first launched in 2019, and for every £1 raised, a tree is planted.
The event will take place on Friday 1 October (for schools in Scotland) and Friday 15 October (for schools in the rest of the UK).
JUST ONE Tree Day highlights to children and young people how their individual actions can make a difference in the fight against the climate and biodiversity crises. It is the flagship event of , a British not-for-profit organisation dedicated to removing CO2 from the atmosphere through global reforestation.
The event is open to both primary and secondary schools. Those taking part can access lesson resources that fit in with the national curriculum. As part of their fundraising activities, children learn about photosynthesis, the benefits of trees for both people and wildlife, and the vital role trees play in reducing the impacts of climate change.
JUST ONE Tree founder, Amanda Bronkhorst, said: “JUST ONE Tree Day was born out of my passion to make a difference – not only for my young daughter, but for the future of all children. JUST ONE Tree Day has resulted in over 150,000 trees planted and I know that this year the 'children's forest' can grow even bigger.
“School participation is doubly important because not only do they raise funds, the forest planted on their behalf helps compensate for a school's environmental impact.
“Many children today struggle with climate anxiety, caused by the reality of our climate crisis. But JUST ONE Tree Day tells them that we can all make a difference with a simple action. By taking direct action it spreads hope and positivity. It's important to involve our young, helping them tackle their worries of today while setting them up for a sustainable lifestyle that aids their future.”
The money raised is used to plant the 'right trees in the right place' – supporting reforestation projects in Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nepal and Zambia, including mangrove forests and kelp regeneration.
There is still time for schools to join hundreds of others and take part in this inspiring event. .
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