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August 16th: Launch of the Go Green Campaign in the West Nile Region

It was a little longer than a year ago that I met Aldo online. In fact, I contacted him. The reason was that some guy wanted to cooperate with One World Tree Planting to initiate a restoration project focusing on the wetlands in Uganda. After some research I found out that this person pretended to be the Country Director of Global Peace Chain Uganda. A little review on the international website of Global Peace Chain that he was not, but Aldo was. That why I contacted Aldo to warn him that someone was trying to act like him.

As we chatted, Aldo told me about the Go Green Campaign and the awareness actions that he had set up in collaboration with Radio Pacis and other partners. In this new phase of the campaign Aldo and Programme Director Bob Bayou want to proceed with educating young farmers about agroforestry as a way to adapt to climate change and restore biodiversity.

One World Tree Planting was very inspired by the motivation and expertise of GPC team to set up projects that really helps smallholder farmers in ensuring their yields in a situation of longer droughts and freak weather events causing floods and damages to the fielding.

The climate crisis has been preceded by another crisis instigated by the so called Green Revolution, convincing farmers to leave old ways based on mixed cropping, rotation and seed diversity towards a highly intensive monocropping with high yielding crop varieties requiring tons on pesticides and chemical fertilizers. This exhausts soils and leaves fields unprotected to drought and floods.

By planting trees on the fields and training these farmers with the Forest Garden approach we hope that farmers will generate higher yields and income throughout the year while replenishing the soils by capturing water and moving forward towards greater biodiversity.

As a small association that believes in a peer-to-peer approach to support climate activists and their small climate adaptation projects, we’ve supported projects in Uganda and in India. We focus on the youth because they are the future  and can inspire local communities and policy makers to build a sustainable future.

Given the situation of the West Nile region that is growing in population and hosts large refugee communities from neighbouring countries the abundance that agroforestry can generate is one of the best ways to keep and strengthen peace among communities.

That’s why I sincerely hope that Aldo will win the award of “Peace by Climate Action” handed out by the international Global Peace Chain network so that he and his team can spread the message by example and inspire young activists globally.

Our support could not have been possible without the Klimaatdichters (Climate Poets) from Belgium and the Netherlands who published a wonderful poetry book “Swimming Classes for Later” from which the revenues go to the Go Green Campaign.

I want to introduce Willemijn Kranendonk from the Klimaatdichters who will perform an English interpretation of a poem written by founder and climate poet Moya De Feyter:

“I

I am a fish inside

the only fish in the world

that can’t swim

the moray opens and shuts its mouth

no one can hear it

the surface of the water is covered with motionless belugas

a sad octopus, partly buried

stared too long at the screen

come on, take a selfie with a shark!

we find the red perch charming

imagine being born in a fish bowl

because they have an inefficient swimming stroke

in an aquarium in a big city

every day thousands of people come to look at you

sometimes someone taps on the glass”

(Translated by Paul Vincent)

Thank you!

Here Comes Another Lap of the Race

By Bayo Bob

August 1st 2021 will be a historic day for Global Peace Chain Uganda Chapter!On that day, we shall officially launch the first phase of our flagship programme, the Go Green Campaign through which we hope to do our part to make the environment greener and positively impact lives along the way.

Here is a quick look on the road ahead!

In phase one of the Go Green Campaign, we shall work with twenty model farmers and train them to become Trainers of Trainers (ToTs). In this way, our work will have a ripple effect. We shall work with the model farmers from start to finish. Global Peace Chain Uganda Chapter will provide seeds, and together with the model farmers, we will set up nursery beds, transplant the seedlings, provide expert guidance along the way and train the farmers in produce marketing. The farmers have a say in which trees they want to plant in their gardens. Involving the model farmers in all the stages will lead to the development of a sense of ownership over the project thus endearing it to them. We know that people are likely to guard something they have toiled for more than that which just drops out of the blue.

The beauty of this approach is that we are able to protect the environment while touching lives positively since the farmers learn valuable skills and improve their agricultural productivity through following the Trees of the Future’s Forest Garden approach that we intend to introduce them to.

One powerful way of making a lasting impact is often to work with the younger people and instilling the values that uphold in them along the way. This project is not an exception. Sadly, this could not be the case in phase one because of the public health situation that the country is in the middle of right now thanks to the Coronavirus. The best place to find and work with these young and energetic people is their schools but since schools are currently closed, we can only hope that times get better and by the time phase two starts in July 2022, schools are up and running. Then, students will be key actors in phase two.

But, there is good news! In the interest of those with whom we are unable to work together on a practical level, we are going to have extensive media campaigns on social media, radio and television. In this manner, such people will benefit immensely from our climate education programmes on those readily accessible platforms.

Before I pen off, a quick reminder on why we are doing this now. Climate change threatens to be the next global catastrophe. As global temperatures rise and rainfall patterns become nearly unpredictable and clean and open water sources dry up.

Farmers are caught up in the middle of a crisis that they have done very little to perpetuate but bear the brunt of and crops dry up and this, by extension, affects even those who are not farmers themselves because the scarce food items in the market become expensive so people eat much less than is required and next up, we have a malnutrition crisis on our hands to grapple with. This is just one of the many directions in which the huge tree can fall after being cut. It is mind boggling how closely intertwined aspects of the climate are with the more common aspects of our day-to-day lives. At Global Peace Chain Uganda Chapter, we do not want to commit the evil of being the passive bystander. Instead, we are proud to be active up standers.

I continue to thank those who have contributed to this project and those whose support is going to enable this project to run smoothly to name but a few, Mrs. Mary Paradise Moore, Mr. Herman De Greve of One World Tree Planting, Mrs. Tara Connor, The Klimaatdichters of Belgium, the entire GPC Uganda community and the media houses especially those in West Nile.Indeed, without your selfless support, this project would have remained one in name only and forever flat footed.

For now, we’re off to the field!

Bayo Bob is the Director of Programs and Projects at the Global Peace Chain Uganda Chapter and the Program Manager of the Go Green Campaign.

Planting trees with Batwa communities in Bwindi

By Asiimwe Mourine

When it comes to climate action and ecosystem restoration young girls and women all over the world have taken the forefront. Today on International Women’s Day we would like to celebrate one of our climate leaders, Asiimwe Mourine.

Last year 2020, One World Tree Planting obtained a grant from the Belgian Fourth Pillar for Citizen Initiatives for Development Cooperation and the Province of Antwerp to support Asiimwe Mourine – Miss Conservation Kigezi in her Plant a Tree Plant Hope campaign. Please read on to learn more about her story and activities with the Batwa communities – indigenous to the Impenetrable Bwindi Forest in Uganda.

My mission is to plant 10 million indigenous and fruit trees as a remedy against the current climate crisis and help in the restoration of Uganda’s ecosystems through agroforestry practices, Climate-Smart Agriculture, establishment of forest gardens and the creation of new planted forests.

Part of this grant was used to plant 500 trees with Change A Life Bwindi. This is a community based organization in Kanungu, Uganda, which was established to directly link the importance of preserving Bwindi National Park as a source of livelihood for the surrounding Batwa communities through sustainable projects such as tree planting and others.

These 500 trees were distributed to 39 Batwa families and more 1000 seedlings will be planted with them in the forthcoming tree planting season.

To be sure that every tree planted grows, follow up activities are a priority to us.

These are meant to collect feedback from local communities about the growth stages of planted trees, challenges that might be hindering the growth of planted trees, recording number of trees that are growing well, those that may need replacement and where there may be need for changes in the next supply of tree seedlings.

From our yesterday’s visit and interview with the locals, 75% of the trees we gave them to plant are growing well. We collected this data by visiting individual families checking on the trees.

At Plant a Tree Plant Hope, we do this because we don’t simply aim at increasing the number of planted trees whether it has continued to grow or not.

Monitoring their steady growth is key if we are to achieve our set goal of fighting climate change through tree planting for now and for future generation.

The locals also gave a report that the remaining 35% of tree seedlings could not make it to survive saying “soil supporting seedling in the pot had loosen at the time of planting which affected their growth”. This was due to a long distance uncomforting transportation means of seedlings.

In the budget for transportation, we shall hire a pick up van and buy a few durable crates where we shall park the tree seedlings for better transportation.

We resolved the issue of long distance travel by buying tree seedlings from the Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation tree nursery bed which is about 20km from the Batwa center.

We requested the Batwa to help in identifying tree seedling species of which they are most interested in of which they mentioned fruit trees like guavas, jackfruit, tomato tree and indigenous species like prunus Africana, Markhamia Lutea, Entandrophragma excelsum, carapa procera, podocarpus latifolius, Polyscias fulva, Ritchiea albersii among others.

We believe that if you plant a tree that you love, then you will be able to care for it because you will enjoy to see it grow.

We visited Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation nursery bed to check and confirm the availability of tree seedling species that suit Batwa’s request for the next supply.

And also scheduled a training on agroforestry, Climate-Smart Agriculture and establishment of food forests with Batwa with the help of an expertise in this field.

More than 1000 indigenous and fruit trees will be delivered and planted with the Batwa under Change A Life Bwindi tutelage and 500 trees will be delivered to Conservation Through Public Health in Buhoma Bwindi totaling up to 2000 we had planned to plant. These will be planted within this forthcoming tree planting season.

Thank you once again for your support

Mourine Asiimwe
Miss conservation Kigezi 2019/20
Organizer: Plant A Tree Plant Hope Campaign

This project is made possible by the Vierde Pijler voor Burgerinitiatieven voor ontwikkelingssamenwerking en de Provincie Antwerpen

Help Treeman grow a Miyawaki forest in Tamil Nadu, India

Treeman Murali has been a huge inspiration for tree planting climate activists across the world.

With the World Treeman Game, his team from Tamil Nadu in India has been triggering people from the Philippines, Russia, France, Belgium, El Salvador, Germany, Uganda, Kenya, USA, Brazil and many other countries to plant trees.

Their strategy is a simple social media campaign. If you plant a tree and send them a picture with a tag, they’ll send you a picture back of a tree planted in your honour.

The greatest thing is that Treeman doesn’t speak a word of English. But that doesn’t stop him. Armed with Google translator he keeps on inspiring people across the globe to follow his lead. He surpasses language barriers to create environmental awareness.

A young woman in Belgium was so charmed that she shared Treeman’s story with radio host Peter Hoogland. Treeman made a wonderful drawing of him and he is yearning to make a portrait of at least the three most generous donators.

After inspiring hundreds of people, Treeman wants to take his mission to a next level. He wants to grow a Miyawaki forest and inspire others to do the same.

A Miyawaki forest is a tiny, highly biodiverse forest that can be grown on an area as small as a parking lot. This means you can grow it almost anywhere: in you garden, on you company terrain of that of you Church, Temple, Mosque or community organisation. In many ways the Miyawaki forest is one of the most simple solutions to regreen urban areas.

We at One World Tree Planting want to support him by raising the small amount of 200 € to realise his dream.

It would be awesome if you can help us out giving Treeman and his team this wonderful surprise.

That’s why we want to spread this fundraiser to the maximum. So please share it with your family and friends and in your larger network.

But there’s more! We want to make sure that Treeman’s mission gets the worldwide attention it deserves.

It would be awesome if you could use your network to contact local media, radio, news sites or even influencers and YouTubers to help spread his mission.

Let’s make this a wonderful journey and give Treeman the surprise he never expected.

Thank you so much and keep on planting!

You can support this campaign via
https://gofund.me/f44083b7

or with the button below

Sincerely yours,

Herman De Greve
Voluntary Coordinator One World Tree Planting

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Climate Change is an Existential Threat

Essay by Bayo Bob

Bayo Bob is the Director of Programs at Global Peace Chain Uganda and one of the lead organizers
of the Go Green Campaign.

Despite the tendency of many including those in positions of power to downplay the existential threat posed by the ticking bomb of climate change, it actually is the single biggest existential threat that we are currently facing. When I write about this topic in this manner, many people dismiss me as a fear monger who speaks in apocalyptic terms for no good reason and as such, I am going to put this into perspective by looking at Uganda as a case study.

Uganda is a landlocked country that lies astride the equator. The total population of the country is estimated at 45 million, of which 88 percent is rural. About 54 percent of the population is concentrated on the shores of Lake Victoria and in the southern part of the country. Uganda has a total area of 241,040 km2, a north-south extent of about 650 km and a maximum east-west extent of about 500 km. Much of the country lies at an altitude of 900 to 1,500m, with an average altitude of 1,200m. About 18 percent of the total area of the country is open water, and large areas are covered by swamps.

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Eighty percent of Ugandans depend on agriculture as a source of livelihood and as such, they directly rely on the environment for survival. Even a slight change in weather patterns can result in mega losses for the farmers. And it is not only the farmers who are affected. Even those who are not working directly in the agricultural sector depend on the food cultivated by smallholder farmers and this is the crux of the matter.

Prolonged drought is a recurring issue for smallholders in Uganda and elsewhere, making it extremely difficult to decide when to plant crops.

Today, it has become incredibly difficult for farmers in rural Uganda to predict the weather patterns and this has negatively affected the ability to plant crops in good time since we cannot tell if indeed the rainy season has come to stay or not. On the other side of the coin also, torrential rains in places that have not been having them also wash away and bury vast fields of crops like groundnuts and maize that are not deeply rooted into the ground. Landslides accelerate the already alarming levels of soil erosion, as we are witnessing in many areas today.

As if this is not worrying enough, data from LTS International (2008) indicates that human induced climate change is likely to increase average temperatures in Uganda up to 1.5° C in the next 20 years and up to 4.3° C by the 2080s. There is not an iota of doubt that this will hamper the ability of farmers to cultivate crops, like wheat and coffee, that are vulnerable to changes in temperature in the long run.

Inexorable increases in temperatures also translate into heightened evaporation and by extension, reduced levels of water in the soils. In light of this, crops that require a lot of water to grow well will no longer be able to do so and humans will have to share the few open sources of water with animals, which is far from healthy and safe for animals and humans alike.

Preparing tree seedlings to be planted on the farmers fields.

As the team behind the Go Green Campaign, we believe that trees can be our superpower in the face of the existential threat that climate change is. Firstly, trees will stand in the way of unabated soil erosion by breaking the speed of runing water and this will mean that fertile soils will no longer be washed away hence leads to an increase of productivity throughout the year.

Trees will also have a welcome impact on the economic standing of farmers because of the agrofrestry model we are adopting and expanding through training. We intend to make tree planting relevant to the farmers through encouraging agroforestry – i.e. planting trees and crops together – and supporting those who plant perennial crops. Perennial crops are crops that you plant once, but can harvest year after year (for example bananas or coffee). This method creates assured and additional sources of income for farmers, hence increasing motivation for more farmers to join the programme and “go green“. In the minds of farmers this practice will erase the false notion that trees take up space that could be used to cultivate other crops. On the contrary: more trees leads to higher yields.

Trees will equally slow down the speed of moving debris and this will make landslides – that have become a frequent occurrence in many parts of Uganda – a thing of the past. It is worth noting that people in districts like Bududa and Bundibugyo in Uganda have lost lives and property because of severe landslides. Planting trees will therefore prevent devastating catastrophes that have caused the loss of a full year of income for many farmers.

Rescue workers struggling to retrieve bodies of persons who were covered underground
following landslides in Bududa district, Uganda. Photo retrieved from independent.co.ug.

After heavy rainfall, trees help stock water in the soil and prevent surface water to evaporate and therefore contribute immensely to the formation water reservoirs. This is especially crucial in light of the fact that open water sources are currently drying up and soils that are tilled regularly are getting drier and drier. Additionally, leaves that fall down will decompose to form manure enriching soil fertility. This will make agricultural lands more fertile overall and hence improve crop yields.
Conclusively, we are confident that with the support of everyone out there, what we are doing and what we intend will serve as the perfect antidote to the raging climate change. We know that the financial implications of doing something may be higher but inaction will cost us even more.

This is a clarion call to join us in this noble endeavor because at the end of the day we all need to drink clean water, inhale clean air and eat foods that are safe for human consumption.

We would like to sincerely thank the Klimaatdichters from Belgium & the Netherlands to raise awareness and climate change and support our Go Green Campaign with their wonderful poetry book Zwemlessen voor Later.

Planting 500 indigenous and fruit trees with Change a Life Bwindi

Thanks to the Belgian Fourth Pillar for Citizen Initiatives for Development Cooperation and the Province of Antwerp, One World Tree Planting was able to obtain a grant to support Asiimwe Mourine in her project to plant trees and organize sensitization activities with the Batwa communities.

The Batwa are different groups of indigenous forest dwellers who were original to the impenetrable Bwindi forest. The forest is known worldwide because of it’s population of gorillas.

Due to conservation efforts, these original hunters-gatherers were expelled from the forest, leaving them at the margins of society.

Change A life Bwindi is a Community Based Organisation which was started to directly link the importance of preserving Bwindi National Park as a source of livelihood for the surrounding Batwa communities through sustainable projects such as afforestation, bee keeping, mushroom growing and women empowerment.

With support from One World Tree Planting, Miss Conservation Kigezi Asiimwe Mourine purchased tree seedlings and transported them from Kabale to the Change A life Bwindi centre of operation in Ruhaija for her first activity on December 14th.

The activity started with a sensitization talk with with project members to outline the activity:

1. explaining steps taken when planting a tree, caring for a newly planted tree;
2. revealing to them the real climate change effects that we are facing now and how a planted tree will help to mitigate these challenges.

Also other benefits of planting were explained:

1. planting indigenous trees contributes to restoration of Uganda’s ecosystem;
2. protection of biodiversity;
3. provision of fruits that can be consumed by the family;
4. …and sold as source of income;

This training session was followed by a practical demonstration on how a tree is planted with members at Change A life Bwindi centre before seedlings were distributed to participants and to be planted at the project centre.

Change A life Bwindi believes in the power of the young generation to be the future conservation warriors and this can start with planting a simple tree.

In this, they emphasised on having each of their children to plant trees in his or her name, and then care for and them.

They have been involving these children in various environmental conservation activities and they were very happy to receive these tree seedlings for them.

With the grant Asiimwe will continue with supervision and follow up activities focused on the implementation of agroforestry practices and knowledge exchange with the Batwa communities.

Moving from activism to Social Business: Stay Green’s agroforestry demonstration field in Mubende

When climate activism and social business come together.

As a young participatory network of climate activists, One World Tree Planting believes in building green local economies to create climate resilience and preserve biodiversity. Local social business development is key to make projects financially sustainable.

One of our members, Ronald Mutabazi, founder of the community based organisation Stay Green, is working as climate activist since 2013 launching awareness campaigns and planting trees with the school kids of the Mubende district. In the past years Stay Green managed to plant over 18.000 seedlings of native tree varieties on public domains, school properties and local farmer’s fields.

As Ronald understands the need of income generating activities to help transition farmers towards climate-smart agroforestry, Stay Green established a “community managed” organic banana plantation and set up different bee hives for honey production.

To further develop their mission Stay Green is planting a two acres demonstration farm on which they will educate farmers on agroforestry, biodiversity preservation and organic farming. This site will be used as a training site for climate-smart agriculture and eco-tourism. Income generated from these activities will be used to grow the farm, make the operations sustainable and further train local smallholder farmers.

While you are here. You can help One World Tree Planting in supporting local agroforestry projects like Stay Green’s demonstration farm with a one-time, monthly or yearly donation.

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Help Miss Conservation Asiimwe plant trees this summer

As a young girl 23 year old Miss Conservation Asiimwe Mourine was already aware of the importance of nature.

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One World Tree Planting:Peer-to-peer Climate Action Fund & Support Network

The last months #OneWorldTreePlanting has successfully fundraised a cargobike and solar panels for Stay Green in Uganda. 

Teaming up with practical climate activists from Uganda, we decided to raise the bar.

Our mission:

Establishing a voluntary Peer-to-peer Climate Action Fund & Support Network to help launch small climate action projects across the world. 

Think about planting biodiverse #forests, #agroforestry, restoring forests, #wetlands, savannahs and all other #ecosystems that are vital to our existence. 

It can also entail the development and promotion of affordable clean energy.

Inspired by the #Rainbow Warriors & the African #Ubuntu philosophy we acknowledge that in order to grow as humanity we should work as one.

Everyone can contribute with their own talents.

We started with four green projects in Uganda, but we’re looking forward to grow worldwide including projects from befriended practical climate activists from India, Pakistan, Ghana, Zambia, Tanzania, Indonesia, Mali & the Philippines. 

How can you support?

1. Donate via Gofundme, transfer or PayPal & help us fundraising.

2. Get personally involved in one of the projects & support them with your own experience, talents & skills to help it grow by: 

  • assisting our members linking with governments, international organisations, ecological movements and NGOs; 
  • filling in applications for grants and subsidies;
  • advising our projects in their transition towards social business: finding ways to generate their own income. 

3. Help us broaden & professionalize our network, finding ways to grow while keeping the personal peer-to-peer touch.

Our Rainbow Warriors are looking for cooperation with individuals and organisations that work on nature-based solutions for climate change to help scale up their efforts and grow towards a peer-to-peer support network for environmental conservation and climate adaptation. 

We are looking forward to collaborate with different interested Community Based Organizations, NGOs, local government bodies, private companies and individuals.

Donations are welcome through GoFundMe and

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One World Tree Planting – BE97 7350 3682 7349 BIC/SWIFT KREDBEBB

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As we are a voluntary network, your gift will go directly to our climate action start-ups. Funds will be used for: * purchasing seedlings and planting material * training & capacity building * local awareness campaigns on climate adaptation

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Practical Activists Wanted

Do you feel the that #climate #change & the loss of #biodiversity severely threaten our very existence?

Do you agree we can turn the tide & create a green future for our children?

Are you willing to step out of your comfort zone to make that difference?

Three times yes?

Then listen up!

Even though they are numerous green movements that fight for nature, small local projects tend to be left behind in their environmental struggle.

#OneWorldTreePlantingDay wants to change that!

CBO Stay Green planting trees with school kids.

We want grow to become a voluntary bottom-up platform that gives voice to small projects across the world that #restore #nature and/or aim for #ecological and #climate #justice.

This can be projects planting biodiverse #forests, #agroforestry, restoring forests, #wetlands, #savannahs and all other #ecosystems that are vital to our survival.

Inspired by the #African #Ubuntu philosophy we acknowledge that in order to grow as #humanity we should work as one.

Everyone can contribute with their own talents.

In our first  project we helped Stay Green to fetch a #treecycle #cargobike to transport 10.000 tree seedlings during the #Corona #Lockdown in Uganda.

Ronald Mutabazi from Stay Green in Uganda transporting tree seedlings with the Cargobike

Now, with the “Let-It-Grow” campaign we want to pitch  a project every week and actively seek support to get the project off the ground.

How can you get involved?

1. By keeping the story alive on Social Media with digital storytelling & updates on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, …


2. By actively seeking support to help the project grow in how to attract funding, establishing a social business model, sharing expertise on ecosystem restoration techniques, …


3. By connecting small projects with eachother and with other movements that fight for nature, and thereby creating synergies.


4. By setting up online meetings around a specific theme to exchange experiences and create mutual support.


5. By building up strategies to grow as a platform.

Want to join build a global movement of practical activists that restore our planet?

Leave us a message via email or via the message button on our Facebook page.