Hello out there, are you rocking? Is your life good? Do you have fun? I hope you can answer all of these questions with a resounding YES but if not know, that I am sending you lots of positive energy.
It’s Tuesday and time for some good news. Have you ever heard of Ant Forest? Well, probably only if you live in China because Ant Forest is a program launched by Ant Financial Services Group in 2016. It encourages Chinese users to become more eco-friendly for example with using public transport.
Users receive green energy points that they can use to plant trees. According to the Good News Network they have already planted 122 Million trees which put them on the radar of the UN’s environment program UNEP. They made Ant Forest the 2019 Champion of the Earth for Inspiration and Action.
Who would have thought that a Chinese company will be inspirational for the environment?
In the last couple of months my focus has shifted enormously. The protests of Extinction Rebellion in April have made me realise that each an every one of us need to do our bit to reduce the use of plastic, electricity and water.
One way of changing the climate crisis is planting trees and last weeks Good News Newsletter showed us that Costa Rica is an example for all the countries in the world as it has doubled its rainforest canopy within a couple of decades without killing the economy. In fact, it’s rather the opposite: Regrown rainforests offer around 18.000 jobs in the eco-tourism industry and indirectly supports another 30 000.
Forests but particularlly rainforests play a major role in storing Co2 one of the greenhouse gasses that help exelerate the climate crisis and producing o2. Forests are called the lungs of the earth for that reason and so, in fact, trees are our friends.