Plant a Tree
Here at Currensea, we provide a simple and convenient way for you to offset some of the environmental impact associated with your travels by planting trees in various parts of the world impacted by deforestation.
We are are immensely proud to be partnering with OneTreePlanted.org, one of the world’s leading reforestation entities. Together, we are helping to deliver the World Economic Forum’s One Trillion Trees initiative. We’ll be planting trees on your behalf in Vietnam, Indonesia, Guatemala and Rwanda as part of this amazing program.
How does it work?
Let’s say you choose to contribute one third of the savings you make using Currensea versus an average bank debit card. If you then spend $100 on a family lunch in New York, we’ll plant one tree for you.
You’ll be able to keep track of your forest with your Currensea personalised dashboard.
What are the specific projects?
Indonesia is home to magnificent rainforests, carbon-rich peatlands, and diverse wildlife like orangutans, proboscis monkeys, sun bears and over 1,700 species of birds. This project focuses on the Kalimantan region in Borneo, home to the Tanjung Puting National Park. In 2015, rampant fires burnt and destroyed more than 30,000 hectares of its forest. Work is taking place to restore areas affected by these fires, as well as those threatened by the palm oil industry and illegal mining operations.
Guatemala has one of the most extensive and diverse forest systems in Central America. Its name is said to mean "land of the trees" in the Mayan-Toltec language. Sadly, the country is losing these precious forests at a rapid rate. Because of its topography, Guatemala is susceptible to landslides, floods and other natural disasters. However, the biggest driver of deforestation has been population growth and economic disparity. With more than one million hectares of land that could be harnessed for reforestation, this project aims to bring back the healthy forests that have characterised the country since ancient times.
Vietnam’s tropical forests support rich biodiversity and a precious, sensitive ecosystem. 25 million people depend on forest products for subsistence. Over-exploitation of the land has endangered many native species of plants and animals, and increased the impact of natural disasters. Planting trees here helps conserve threatened species, regulate climate, provide economic stability for local villagers, and protect watershed areas that serve the community on a daily basis.
Rwanda’s forests support a wealth of biodiversity and natural resources. The Gishwati-Mukura forests of Rwanda once spanned 253,000 hectares, covering the land with over 60 species of trees and providing habitat to chimpanzees. Due to illegal mining and the resettlement of households after the genocide in 1994, overgrazing and tree cutting reduced the forests to a mere 3,558 ha. Smallholder farmers feel the impacts of that degradation and understand the importance of landscape restoration for water, energy and food security. This project will help a women’s cooperative, led by local farmer Agnes Uwifashije, to revive land in Mukura.