Updated: Feb 21, 2020
Hey there! It's been a bit since we've posted on our blog, but I wanted to make sure everyone knows about our latest endeavor - Art for Australia! We, Millennials for Climate Action, spent 2 weeks this month collecting art + craft donations from our local artists with the intent to raffle them off to raise money to reforest Australia!
Where do the funds go?! One Tree Planted's Australia campaign! For every $10 donated you will receive a raffle ticket! -- THIS IS IMPORTANT! -- After you donate, if you'd like to enter the raffle, please send us a copy of your donation receipt to our Facebook page. If you donate anonymously or we do not know you by name, it will be hard to get you your tickets!
On February 2nd at 6pm we will be doing our raffle drawing (yay!) We have 15 pieces to raffle off on this date (you can see them here.) All the winners will be posted in the event as we draw so be sure to check. If you win a piece, we will reach out to you for delivery!
The fundraiser will stay open until February 17th, but donations after February 2nd will not receive raffle tickets. The reason we are keeping it open is to give us a better shot at reaching our goal of planting 1,000 trees! Why 1,000 trees? 1,000 trees will create a forest that can remove up to 48,000 lbs. of carbon from the atmosphere per year and help rehabilitate a forest that was degraded wild fires. This is key in restoring precious ecosystems for people, wildlife and nature. Read more about One Tree Planted Australia's campaign here:
"Australia is currently experiencing one of the largest natural disasters in history. This year's fire season has brought about unprecedented destruction as wildfires have spread across every Australian state, burning up nearly 6 million hectares (15 million acres) of bush as of January 2020. But the devastation witnessed in the state of New South Wales is nearly unfathomable - 3.6 million hectares (8.8 million acres) have been lost, over 1,500 homes destroyed or damaged, and 24 people have been killed. New South Wales is home to some of the most iconic of Australia's wildlife - koalas, wombats, and kangaroos to name a few - and their habitat is rapidly declining.
At the moment, our amazing partners in Australia are focusing their attention on managing and mitigating the fires at hand, protecting people's properties, and assessing the environmental and community impacts. However, in due time, they will need plenty of support to restore this landscape back to health. Once the fires have settled and the land is ready to take on new trees, our partners are forecasting to restore over 6 million trees across Australia in 2020.
While trees for this project will not go in the ground until the fires have ended and the soil repaired, by supporting this project now you are making sure our partners in Australia are ready to hit the ground running and repair this beautiful and iconic landscape.
Restoring these areas also means putting wildlife habitats back in tact and creating healthy ecosystems capable of being resilient to climate change, which is critical as these areas are considered to be biodiversity hotspots." Please consider donating to our fundraiser for a chance to win one of these beautiful pieces of art! *** Our fundraiser is over and we were able to raise funds to plant 300 trees! Though we didn't reach our goal, we are happy to have been able to accomplish what we did being that our organization is less than 6 months old. This gives us hope that in the future with a better reach we will be able to accomplish big things together! Thank you! *** - Riley + Darian