I started this fundraiser with the dual goal of promoting awareness on global warming and planting trees across different areas in the world.
So, you might wonder why did I call this fundraiser - 2 Degrees Fahrenhiet ?
Did you know that the Earth's average temperature has increased about 2 degrees Fahrenheit during the 20th century. Two degrees may sound like a small amount, but it's an unusual event in our planet's recent history. Earth's climate record, preserved in tree rings, ice cores, and coral reefs, shows that the global average temperature is stable over long periods of time. Furthermore, small changes in temperature correspond to enormous changes in the environment. For example, at the end of the last ice age, when the Northeast United States was covered by more than 3,000 feet of ice, average temperatures were only 5 to 9 degrees cooler than today. ( https://climate.nasa.gov/effects/ )
Although, there are multitude of ways you can help combat climate change, planting trees is the best strategy humanity has in cleansing the atmosphere of green house gases. Other technology like direct-air capture or CO2 separation have proven to be comparatively ineffective and far exceed the costs of just planting more trees. Planting a billion hectares worth of trees could reduce the 30+ billion tonnes of excess carbon in our atmosphere by two-thirds - levels not observed since industrialization began in the mid-1800s! ( https://onetreeplanted.org/blogs/stories/research-trees-climate ).
Current global tree coverage
Potential global tree coverage
I have chosen, One Tree Planted which is a non-profit focused on global reforestation. They work with amazing partners around the world who need financial support to get more trees in the ground. They help plant trees across North America, Latin America, Africa and Asia, in areas that have been devastated by natural disasters, damaged by insects and diseases, or over-exploited for commercial gain.
Every dollar donated plants one tree!
I want to thank you all for helping me start this fundraiser. I intend to update you all periodically with scientific facts around climate change and how we can make a difference by planting trees. In the meantime, check out this fascinating visuals of air pollutions in various cities from the New York Times.