United Parcel Service (UPS) Foundation has donated FCFA 900 million to seven environmental organisations as part of its effort to promote sustainable environmental practices around the world. Earth Day Network was selected among the recipients for its Trees for Communities project that will plant more than 500,000 trees in Mexico, India, Cameroon, Uganda and the Boreal Forest in Canada.
“UPS is committed to finding innovative solutions for today’s sustainability challenges,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS. “Through our partner organizations, we’re able to have a real impact on pressing environmental issues that we face every day. This latest investment allows us to help transform markets and change lives.”
Earth Day Network’s is a US based organisation founded in 1970. It is “the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 50,000 partners in nearly 192 countries to build environmental democracy. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. We work through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns”.
Earth Day Network through its partner Green Cameroon claim to have planted thousands of trees in the Mount Cameroon region, as well as educated local communities on the importance of afforestation as part of the Mount Cameroon Forest Region project. “Pragmatically, this project revolves around sensitizing on the importance of trees and forest and how they can best be managed in a sustainable manner” Green Cameroon states on its website.
Cameroon has over 22 million hectares of forest. Data from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) however claims that this number is drastically reducing, as Cameroon currently has the second highest deforestation rate in the Congo Basin. As prices of petroleum fell from 2014, government dependence on revenue from forestry increased. The rate of deforestation also increased from 1% between 2000 and 2010, to over 1.8% 2017.