These days it seems as if there is an international day for everything. Tuesday 23rd February 2016 was International Dog Biscuit Appreciation day. Wednesday 20th January 2016 was Penguin Awareness Day. Those of you cursing at having missed your chance to be aware of penguins this year, don’t despair, World Penguin Day is coming up on April 25th.
While some years we forget to appreciate international dog biscuits, one day that we are always sure to celebrate here at Seed Change is International Fun at Work Day. Another is Earth Day. This Earth Day promises to be ever so slightly less mundane than usual, with more than 100 countries expected to sign the historic climate deal hammered out in Paris last year. While the agreement is actually pretty weak, the fact that nearly 200 squabbling politicians managed to negotiate anything at all really is cause for optimism.
Last week we blogged about the progress our 60,000 seedlings were making in the seed nursery and it won’t be long before they are fully-fledged trees. We’ve made the environmental case for the empowerment of smallholder palm oil farmers in Kigoma on this blog a few times before, but on the off chance you missed it, you can see our posts on it here, here and here.
This Friday, Earth Day organisers aim to bring people from all over the world together in tackling environmental issues and, conveniently enough for us, this year’s theme is ‘Trees for the Earth’. It’s a wise choice because it’s pretty clear that trees are really rather good for the environment – they absorb carbon dioxide and pump out oxygen. That’s why Seed Change is committed to preserving Kigoma region’s forests by working closely with Proforest and playing an important role in the High Conservation Values Network. You can read more about our commitment to forests in the ‘High Conservation & Values & Environmental Awareness Training’ box of our brand spanking new annual report.
Why do we do all this? Well, we are passionate about the social and economic empowerment of the farmers we work with. But we don’t want this to come at the cost of the world’s polar ice caps, not with World Penguin Day just around the corner.