Tree Planting Challenge

IRD invites you to join the fight against global warming

International Reggae Day continues to infuse Reggae's voice into the promotion of global wellness, climate sustainability and food security by engaging Jamaicans and Reggae lovers worldwide in the climate change conversation and tree planting campaign.

This commitment is in-keeping with the One Trillion Tree Campaign, inspired by the life of Nobel Peace Prize Laureatte, Wangari Maathi, pioneer of the One Billion Tree campaign. IRD is committed to planting one million trees globally by JulyOne.

10 benefits of planting trees

  1. Increases property value by 15%+
  2. Reduces electricity needed to run AC units
  3. Lowers heating bills
  4. Cleans the air
  5. Cleans the soil
  6. Produces oxygen
  7. Fights global warming
  8. Controls noise pollution
  9. Fights soil erosion
  10. Slows storm water run off

Tree Planting Tips

Promote the IRD Tree Planting Challenge: Plant, Pose, Post

  • Register your participation
  • Wear your Reggae Colours and Plant a Tree
  • Post on Instagram/Facebook use #ThisIsMyReggae
  • Record video and send photos challenging others to plant a tree by JulyOne
  1. Raise awareness in the Jamaican and global Reggae community and increase their participation in the climate change conversation
  1. Raise awareness in the Jamaican and global Reggae community and increase their participation in the climate change conversation
  2. Highlight the importance of fighting climate change and increasing food security through environmental activism, public education, community conservation
  3. Contribute to environmental public education and connect tree planting as a means to decarbonize and avert the effects of climate change including damage to the ocean's coral reefs and ecosystem
  4. Support the lobby for transformative environmental policies in response to climate change and in alignment with goals set by the Paris Climate Change Agreement
  5. Facilitate the empowerment of every individual in creating a better future for future generations

International Reggae Day is committed to partnership with the National Planning Agency (NEPA) and the Ministry of Culture...

International Reggae Day is committed to partnership with the National Planning Agency (NEPA) and the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport to promote Jamaica's role in the One Trillion Tree Challenge and promote the International Day of Biodiversity, Labour Day and National Environmental Awareness Week in an effort to raise awareness for the continuous planting of trees to meet the national target.

Top 20 Jamaican Fruit Trees

  1. Ackee
  2. Breadfruit
  3. Mango
  4. June Plum
  5. Sweet Sop 
  6. Sour Sop
  7. Avocado
  8. Paw Paw
  9. Almond
  10. Otaheite Apple
  11. Cherry
  12. Cashew
  13. Banana
  14. Pomegranate
  15. Guava
  16. Tamarind
  17. Guinep
  18. Star Apple
  19. Coffee
  20. Lime

Special mention

  1. Jack Fruit
  2. Naseberry

Top 20 Jamaican Trees

  1. Blue Mahoe Hibiscus Elatus...national tree of Jamaica
  2. Lignum Vitae Guaiacum Officale...national flower of Jamaica
  3. Royal Palm Roystonea regia. ...
  4. Bull Tatch Palm Sabal Palmetto. ...
  5. Poor Man's Orchid Bauhinia puprurea
  6. Poinciana Delonix Regia
  7. Yellow Poui Tree
  8. Calabash
  9. Eucalyptus
  10. Frangipani
  11. Guango
  12. Jacaranda
  13. Pimento
  14. Silk Cotton
  15. West Indian Mahogany
  16. West Indian Cedar
  17. West Indian Ebony
  18. Moringa
  19. Red Birch
  20. Bamboo

'We have changed the nature of nature and in decades we have unravelled the underpinning of our very existence'

'We have changed the nature of nature and in decades we have unravelled the underpinning of our very existence' 'The more we destroy the more accelerated the destruction takes place. Your action x 7 billion can make a difference'. Mission Blue.org
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NEPA | MCGES

Jamaicans are being encouraged to plant trees to support the 'Trees for Life' initiative, aimed at strengthening the island's diverse flora and improving its resilience to climate change.

Trees for Life is a campaign being undertaken as part of the Yallahs/Hope (River) Watershed Project with support from the Forestry Department, National Environment & Planning Agency (NEPA) and the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.

Some 2,860 tree plants will be distributed to schools, communities and farmers in St. Thomas through the Yallahs/Hope (River) Watershed Project. These trees may range from coffee, naseberry, mango, soursop, avocado and citrus, to mahogany and jacaranda.

"We have seen the devastation from the rains we had recently in terms of flooding and siltation of our waterways, and what we can do to reduce that in the future is plant trees, because the roots of trees hold the soil together. So, in times of heavy downpour, there will be less soil erosion, less silt reaching our waterways and fewer water lock-offs," Miss Gilpin reasoned.

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