Right at the bottom of South America is a region called Patagonia. It is home to the southern end of the Andes, some of the world’s most dramatic landscapes and millions of acres of wilderness.
But in recent years deforestation by humans and huge wild fires have destroyed more than 7.5 million acres of this land.
In December last year one fire alone caused 42,500 acres in Torres del Paine National Park to be reduced to nothing more than ash and charred trees.
And it was this tragedy that inspired Reforest Patagonia.
Reforest Patagonia is a non-profit set up to recover this important ecosystem by replanting a million native trees
It sounds like a lot of work (and it is) but your part in the whole thing is easy. Seriously, you don’t even have to get up.
To help, head to the Reforest Patagonia site and pick a burnt tree from their virtual forest that you want to replace and replant.
You can choose one tree or you can choose several. Each tree costs just $4 and you will be given an exact location of where your trees will be planted. You can can even see it on Google Maps.
And that’s all the work that you have to do. Your tree will be planted and cared for by the great people at Reforest Patagonia. You’ll receive a certificate via email and can even buy trees for other people.
With more and more of our forests being cut down for industries or destroyed by natural forces, it becomes more and more important that we get behind fantastic projects like this to help restore our wilderness.
So go on, plant a tree in a few mouse clicks and be part of something huge.
(All images: Reforest Patagonia)