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Jo'burg: - kulula's first Project Green event of the year will take place on 3 February in honour of World Wetlands Day 2011.
kulula fans raised a whopping R1 million to support Food and Trees for Africa's (FTFA's) efforts to address climate change and uplift disadvantaged communities throughout the country. The funds, which were donated to the award-winning social enterprise in December last year, were raised through kulula's Project Green programme. Project Green, which kicked off in 2008, aims to combat the atmospheric carbon loads and greenhouse gases released by kulula's planes.
By February 2009 Project Green, in partnership with FTFA, had planted 2009 trees. Now, thanks to the thousands of kulula fans who contributed money every time they flew, thousands more trees and hectares of bamboo will be planted for disadvantaged communities throughout South Africa this year. “We want to say thank you to all our fans who opened their hearts and pockets to support this worthy cause,” says kulula Marketing Manager,Nadine Damen, who will be speaking at the Project Green event on Thursday.
The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2011 the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forest and the Project Green initiative will contribute towards this. The plantings will be achieved through FTFA's Trees for Homes and Bamboo for Africa programmes which are both registered for voluntary carbon offset under the Carbon Protocol of South Africa and recognised by the United Nations. In honour of World Wetlands Day, the theme of which this year is ‘wetlands and forests', five hundred trees will be distributed to the residents of Tembisa in Johannesburg at kulula's tree-planting event on Thursday. An additional 500 trees will be distributed on 4 February. A total of 2000 trees will be planted in Tembisa. Thanks to Project Green, many tree and bamboo planting events will take place around the country during the course of 2011.
“We are so thankful to kulula.com and FTFA for the donation of trees as we mark this special day. Our communities need to be involved. It is our planet, and if we together take care of it, it will take care of us,” comments Jimmy Podile, an FTFA Community Based Educator. “Our forests were destroyed when factories around us were erected. We also have the biggest dumping site in the country. Even our rivers are now dumping areas, and I wonder if we have any wetlands left.”