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
- Increases property value by 15%+
- Reduces electricity needed to run AC units
- Lowers heating bills
- Cleans the air
- Cleans the soil
- Produces oxygen
- Fights global warming
- Controls noise pollution
- Fights soil erosion
- Slows storm water run off
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
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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.