Glenisk has teamed up with Self Help Africa for a new global campaign which aims to plant one million trees in 2020.
The initiative is part of a wider UN-backed movement called One Trillion Trees which is on course to be the biggest global reforestation effort ever. A total of 1,000,000 trees will be planted in Sub-Saharan Africa to help combat climate change and for every 10 trees planted in Africa a native tree will be planted in Ireland – resulting in 100,000 trees being planted here during the campaign. Self Help Africa CEO, Ray Jordan said: “The message of this campaign is that while no-one can do everything to combat climate change, everybody can do something.”
Glenisk has had a focus on long-term sustainability in recent years. The production plant in Offaly utilises solar panels and excess water in the factor is treated and filtered and returned to local waterways. As part of its involvement in One Million Trees the company has pledged to reforest up to 120 acres of what was previously Glenisk Woods in Offaly.
Glenisk Managing Director, Vincent Cleary said of the new project: “ This initiative is a practical response to a challenge that confronts us all and will see Irish households and schoolchildren working alongside African families to plant more trees and help to reduce the effects of global warming.”
Main picture: TV presenter Kathryn Thomas pictured with Self Help Africa CEO Ray Jordan and Glenisk managing director Vincent Cleary