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Charity

Bright Utilities Foundation & International Tree Foundation

We will plant 3 trees with the International Tree Foundation with every quote

If you switch/renew with us, we will plant another 10 trees with the International Tree Foundation.

INTERNATIONAL TREE FOUNDATION

Did you know we work with The ITF?

Bright Utilities has been working with the ITF since January 2020 and for every company who switches supplier, Bright Utilities will plant 10 trees with the International Tree Foundation.

One of the oldest environmental organisations in the world, ITF has been pioneering community led forest restoration since 1922. With each donation, ITF will plant ten trees with one of our African partners.

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The 20 Million Tree Project

Engaging the next generation in environmental protection is key to the future of our planet. Over half of Kenya’s population is aged under 18. 20 Million Trees for Kenya’s Forests recognises the importance of involving young people in the project activities. My 20 Trees and Me: Growing up Together is involving primary school children in tree planting from the very start!

Mount Kenya Environmental Conservation (MKEC) have spearheaded a campaign to engage with primary schools around Embu County. Future phases to the campaign will bring in further schools – so that young people living close to the areas we are working in will be actively involved in protecting the trees as they mature.

150 children from 9 primary schools have already planted their 20 trees – bringing the total to 3,000 trees. The children will take care of these trees, watering them and tending them with the help of their classmates, teachers and Mount Kenya Environmental Conservation staff members. Every year, each child will be photographed with their tree, to record their own and their trees’ growth. They will join with children in the UK in learning and teaching others about the importance of forest restoration.

The schools participating in My 20 Trees and Me initiative include: St.Marks Rutune primary school, Ac.k Kagumori primary school, Rugumu primary school, Mbuvori primary school, St.Hellena primary and Kathuniri primary school.

Take a look at some of the photos from recent tree planting with these schools.

Since 1922 the international tree foundation has been working with local communities across Africa and the UK. To conserve forests and plant trees, restore biodiversity, foster indigenous forestry knowledge, and strengthen sustainable livelihoods.

Local communities are at the centre of all forest restoration, conservation and development efforts we support.

Forests and trees provide vital habitats for the majority of the world’s plant and animal species. Rainforests – just one type of forest – cover less than 2% of the Earth’s total surface area and yet are home to 50% of the Earth’s plants and animals. Deforestation is threatening the habitats of the millions of species that rely on forests to survive.

International Tree Foundation (ITF) is a pioneering environmental organisation whose origins were in Kenya with the creation of Watu wa Miti  (People of the Trees) by Dr Richard ‘St. Barbe’ Baker and Chief Josiah Njonjo. St. Barbe was generations ahead of his time in terms of recognising the importance of trees and forests in sustaining life on Earth and he inspired thousands of people across the world to join him in planting and protecting trees. Returning to the UK in 1924 St. Barbe established the society of the Men of the Trees, which subsequently spread to many countries around the world; starting in Palestine in 1929 and another 53 countries by 1959 and as many as 100 at some point according to some reports. Unfortunately a detailed record of the history of the organisation has never been kept and such a research project is long overdue. This chapter is merely a glimpse into just a few key events and achievements during the organisation’s lifetime.

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