Indigenous Peoples are the Guardians of the Natural World
The 9th of August marks the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. A crucial part of what makes TreeSisters special is our community-led restoration that supports local and indigenous communities. Our approach rebalances traditional funder/funded power dynamics and values the knowledge of those working directly with the environment they inhabit. This month, we're highlighting the vital importance of integrating the leadership, knowledge, and wisdom of Indigenous Peoples in climate change discourse and action. We invite you to support this work and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with these communities to build a more just and sustainable world for all.
Latest from TreeSisters
Skygazers Assemble. Tonight is the First of TWO Supermoons this August
Not one but two supermoons are set to grace the sky this August, with one of them being a rare blue moon! Tonight’s (1st August) supermoon, the Sturgeon Moon, will be just 222,159 miles away. Then, on Thursday, 31st August, an even rarer BLUE supermoon- marking a second full moon in a month - will be a mere 222,043 miles from Earth.
The last time we witnessed two full supermoons in the same month was in 2018, and we won't see it again until 2037. You can learn more about Supermoons via the blog link below and don't miss out on this rare, once-in-a-blue-moon event!
Education & Speaker Series: We'd Like to Hear From You
We have recently appointed a new Head of Education and redesigned our education strategy to prioritise education and learning.
We will launch various events, courses and knowledge-building opportunities over the next year. In June, we held the first of our speaker panel series, showcasing TreeSisters new Restoration strategy and introducing our planting partners and programs. We were delighted with this event and being able to showcase the impact your support achieves around the world. Our next session will be in Autumn 2023.
If you have any suggestions or requests for what you'd like to see as part of the new education events portfolio, please get in touch with our Head of Education through the link below.
Speaker Series: Restoration In Action - Watch Back
"Bringing the projects to life for our network through the videos and stories of our restoration partners was a joy . The support for our new Restoration Strategy, shifting our approach to reforestation, integrating respect, equity, collaboration and connection was so apparent. A huge thank you to all who came along"
-Angela Mayson, TreeSisters Head of Restoration
If you missed TreeSisters Restoration in Action event introducing our new Restoration Strategy, or if you want to watch it again, you can access the video via the link below.
The Ethical Tree Growing Framework - Read it First
We are thrilled to announce that our Ethical Tree Growing Framework is due for open-source release in Autumn 2023. This framework is based on an extensive deep listening and consultation process with our partners at the Fountain and the Mother Earth Delegation, as well as incorporating ground-breaking research from field experts.
It sets a new standard for reforestation working practices, placing nature and community at the heart of how we restore our green spaces. With an emphasis on biocultural approaches, community involvement, traditional ecological knowledge, and advocating for the rights of nature, it has the potential to positively transform the reforestation sector. If you are part of an organisation interested in receiving the Ethical Tree Growing Framework before anyone else, contact our Head of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org to become part of our Education partnerships network.
Restoration & Planting Projects
Spotlight on... Itombwe Rainforest, the DRC
We were delighted to receive the first update from one of our newer projects in the Itombwe Rainforest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (the DRC). In collaboration with WECAN and SAFECO, this project works with over 700 local and indigenous women to restore devastated rainforest areas and provide women with a platform to learn, strategise and protect the environment, their rich ecological knowledge and their communities.
According to the report, the project's first year of planting 36,000 trees was successful.
Locals report that these newly planted trees are already bringing more rain and moisture to the damaged lands, resulting in excellent conditions for the trees to flourish. Wild tree areas are springing up, and the old-growth forest is starting to regenerate. We are excited to see this project continue to grow and thrive.
Blog: Indigenous Peoples are the Guardians of the Natural World
Indigenous Peoples occupy 20% of the Earth's land yet protect 80% of its remaining biodiversity. This staggering fact makes Indigenous Peoples the world’s most effective stewards of the natural environment.
By combining centuries-old knowledge and practices prioritising nature-led conservation and deep respect for the natural world, they have achieved more than any world government and highlight how to live harmoniously alongside our natural world.
You can learn more about Indigenous Peoples incredible contribution to preserving our natural environment, as well as how your donations to TreeSisters support Indigenous Peoples around the world via the link below.
Fundraising & Partnerships
Boomtown is Back!
Since 2019, we have collaborated with Boomtown and its community of music and nature lovers to raise over £32,000 for the restoration of forests and the protection of nature.
Taking place between the 9th and 13th of August, near Winchester, UK, Boomtown is a living theatre that ignites imagination and inspires the emergence of a better world through respect, connection, creativity and celebration.
You can watch our thank you to Boomtown video via the thumbnail above or learn more and get tickets via the link below.
Events & Offerings
Join us later today (1st August) as we explore taste in the first of two Full Moon Meditations this month.Discover nature's delectable flavours and indulge in its soul-nourishing, abundant delights. Savour this hour of stillness and connection with the natural world as we consider how nature tastes and invite you to share your favourite flavours. Register below to receive the link to this free monthly event to reconnect and relish in the magnificence of nature's bounty.
We celebrate two Full Moons this month, so we invite you to save the date for the second Full Moon Meditation on Wednesday 30th. This event will close our Landscape of the Senses series, focusing on Interoception, a lesser-known sense that helps you understand and feel what's happening inside your body. More details to come but sign up for our Full Moon Mailing list below to be the first to receive the invite to join this culmination of our tour of the senses.
Did you know? By supporting TreeSisters, you help restore the world's tropical forests. Your donation supports our entire portfolio of planting partners and projects re-establishing the diverse forest ecosystems, protecting multiple critically endangered species, reducing poverty and mitigating climate change. Find out more about our work.
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