“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
— Mahatma Gandhi
— Mahatma Gandhi
Billions of tons of CO2 are released into the atmosphere every year as a result of our activities, causing the last four years to be the hottest on record. Among many other issues, global warming damages health, food and water security, safety due to weather extremes, and biodiversity.
But if we don’t slow global emissions, temperatures may rise to above three degrees Celsius by 2100, causing further irreversible damage to our ecosystems. (Source: United Nations)
There’s a saying that no snowflake ever feels responsible for the avalanche. The climate crisis is real and we are all responsible.
For each of us, our goal should be to reduce our carbon footprint and move away from fossil fuels for good.
But action is required to reverse the existing damage and to reduce future harm. A proven method to reduce co2 in the atmosphere is through planting trees. As trees grow, they absorb and store the carbon dioxide emissions that are driving global warming, while simultaneously releasing oxygen to give us cleaner air. On a city level, trees can also make our air cleaner by intercepting airborne particles.
There are countless other benefits of trees, such as making our planet more beautiful, making us happier, reducing energy costs by providing shade, and many many more.
The UK’s Committee on Climate Change recommends that 1.5 billion new trees should be planted annually in the UK, but less than half of this figure was planted in 2018.(Source: BBC)
By planting trees we can all make a difference.
We are a brand new charity based in Liverpool. We believe we all must be the change we want to see in the world. And we want to see a greener, healthier, and more sustainable planet. We like the saying ‘no snowflake ever feels responsible for the avalanche’, because we appreciate we are all individually responsible, and can each make a difference.
It was a renewed appreciation for nature during the lockdowns of 2020, and the intensifying climate emergency that prompted our founder Tom to launch JACKPINE. We are named after the Jack Pine tree, a resilient tree that gives back even during times of adversity. If the Jack Pine tree is subjected to a forest fire, it has cones that can withstand the intense heat, and once the fire is over these cones open and reseed the burnt ground.
As we are currently a small charity, all staff operate on an unpaid volunteer basis:
Anyone who owns or manages land that the public has access to can apply for free trees, from schools to bars.
We also work with local councils for larger tree planting projects in public green spaces.
We officially launched as a charity in May 2021.
Already though, we’re active in various locations in Liverpool and Cambridge including schools and public green spaces.
Our map shows active projects in yellow and completed projects in green.