& # 39; If we work together to plant a trillion trees, we can prevent mass extinction & # 39 ;: Bianca Jagger reveals why three generations of the Rolling Stone dynasty have joined the Mail & # 39; s Tree Angels campaign.
Today, three generations of our family will join a growing group of children, parents, and teachers to accomplish an incredibly important task.
It's such a simple thing we can all do it – plant a tree. And when we do it together – grandmother, granddaughter and great-granddaughter Ezra, five – it brings us back to what really matters.
It is a peaceful task, and for children today, growing up at a time when climate change is the biggest threat we face is empowering.
Assisi Jackson and Ezra are pictured above planting a tree. In September, they planted 104 native trees. Today we will plant another 420
It helps open a conversation with them about climate change in a way that they can understand and teaches them that they can be part of the solution.
Placing a tree on the ground, placing its roots in the ground, covering it, and watching it grow is a small but significant act. When they see the young trees bursting from the ground, where there was once degradation, it brings a sense of conquest, a sense of hope.
Because as the tree grows, it absorbs and stores the carbon dioxide emissions that are driving global warming. And if we work together on a global scale to plant a trillion trees, we have a chance to avoid mass extinction.
The latest United Nations report warned us that global greenhouse gas emissions have reached all-time highs in recent years. Since 2010, carbon dioxide emissions have increased by 11% [archive photo]
Planting a tree is something we can do today with children and youth. This can be done in less than ten minutes.
For £ 3 you can buy a seedling grown in England and put it on the ground. My mother Maria Dora Macias taught me to value and respect the rainforest – to value the trees.
Some of my happiest memories are the holidays I spent with her in a beautiful area in the mountainous northern region of Nicaragua.
I will now join my granddaughter Assisi, where she lives in Cornwall, to plant 420 native trees given to her project by the Woodland Trust.
Assisi and I know that your children, Ezra and Romy, my great-granddaughters, will grow up with a clear understanding of what climate change is.
Not because the school curriculum has changed, but because they will experience the effects.
They will know suffering differently from previous generations. That is why we need to act now. The latest United Nations report warned us that global greenhouse gas emissions have reached all-time highs in recent years.
Since 2010, carbon dioxide emissions have increased by 11%. Through my work for the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation and as ambassador of the Bonn Challenge of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Assisi has been inspired to do what she can here with children.
In September, they planted 104 native trees. Today we will plant another 420.
Each child will receive a hand-drawn leaflet teaching them about climate change, environmental issues and what we can all do to help.
It will explain about the magic of trees and how they can help lower the carbon in our atmosphere, as well as how we can help protect and feed them.
Assisi and I are excited to work together again, digging holes in the ground for the kids to put down the trees.
Seeing the younger people acting and realizing what is going on, the older siblings showing up with shovels and the younger children delighted to be outside is a wonderful experience.
This will be an ongoing project. The goal is to secure larger areas of land and subsidies so that the community can continue to cultivate forests.
It will take a radical change to plant one billion trees worldwide. But there is a simple solution we can do here today – plant a tree.
Humanity is capable of incredible achievements. We built cities, roads, cars – now is the time to rebuild Earth's lungs.
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