In an attempt to be active in helping to restore the balance in our natural world, I’ve now partnered with Reforest Now who are an Australian not-for-profit conservation charity who plant trees in NSW and Queensland.
When you buy a silk scarf, digital print or a mini print from www.jasminecoe.com a tree will be planted on your behalf. You will then receive an emailed certificate detailing what tree species you’ve had planted and where. Not only are you helping to restore the balance in our natural world but you are also providing local jobs within local communities. Reforest Now work with Indigenous groups in their local area where they are based and acknowledge the country they work on, paying respect to the traditional custodians of the land, the Arakwal people, the Minjungbal people and the Widjabul people of the Bundjalung Nation as traditional owners and custodians of the Byron Shire, and pay respects to their elders, past and present.
As part of their team they also have an ecologist and rainforest botanist, contributing to the knowledge in choosing the right species for each site. Reforest Now's goal is to protect, conserve and regenerate forests by growing over 150 species of native trees, prioritising the vulnerable and endangered species. Their primary purpose is to restore and plant trees in cleared land that was once tropical and subtropical forest in Far North Queensland and Northern New South Wales. Because of the extensive clearing the forests and sub forests have endured over the years, only 1% remain today. The aim of Reforest Now is to connect these fragmented forested areas so they will be able to expand their size and provide a home for the critically endangered biodiversity. The seedlings are grown in a nursery in Mullumbimby and are then relocated to their planting sites when ready.
Trees play one of the most important roles in reducing the impact of man-made CO2 emissions. By removing the carbon dioxide from the air they will help limit our rising global temperatures. Not only do they provide the oxygen we breathe, but locally they provide habitat for wildlife, food for people and animals, while stabilising the soil.
Because of the bushfires earlier in the year burning through 11 million hectares, wildlife like Koalas have been listed as being 'vulnerable to extinction'. The scale of these bushfires is largely a result of climate change but also, the overlooking of traditional methods of land management and fire control used by Australia’s First Nations People.
One of the ways we can protect the wildlife, is to provide trees and restore their homes with the hope that this will support their numbers and encourage growth. Having experienced the feeling of helplessness in the face of the bush fires earlier this year and seeing the scale and aftermath of the burnt land, I believe this partnership is a positive way of combining art and action.
For more details and if you’d like to make a donation please visit their website.