We are responding to God's call to address the climate change crisis through a large-scale tree-planting campaign. Mennonite Men is locating land, forming a network of partners and resources, assisting with tree planting, and receiving contributions for this program.
We invite men's groups, youth groups, congregations, universities, nonprofits, and other groups to participate in this campaign.
While Mennonite Men is coordinating this campaign, we invite women to join the campaign as well.
To participate with JoinTrees, we invite you to:
Devote land and plant trees: To do so or to provide other help, contact Steve Thomas.
Help with planting and caring for trees: Contact us and check out the tree care resources on the right.
Provide financial support: To support JoinTrees, make a contribution.
Receive a grant for tree planting: if you're interested in receiving a grant to plant trees, read our Grant Guidelines here, and fill out a Grant Application here.
A Critical Problem
Nothing threatens our global village more than climate change. Deforestation is a major cause of this crisis as tree and forest loss continue, dramatically reducing the earth's most important means to sequester carbon and cool the planet. Global tree cover loss continues at an alarming rate of nearly 15 million acres each year—roughly 23 soccer fields every minute.
The impacts of this on our biosphere are severe: extinction of animal and plant species, soil erosion, desertification, food loss, forest fires, droughts, floods, increased greenhouse gasses, and global warming.
Poor and vulnerable populations are already suffering from these negative impacts. And the problem is certain to become much worse as environmental degradation and desertification dramatically decrease food production, access to clean water, and sustainable environments. According to the United Nations, "the health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever, affecting the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide." These distressed living conditions will cause mass migrations and other acts of desperation.