I wish you warmly welcome to ENO Treelympics 2015. This event is for children, youth, schools and cities, to plant trees together, share the feeling of care and joy. We are making a difference together.
This event is to boost the pledge we made in Rio+20 Summit in 2012, to plant 100 million trees by 2017. Our commitment was highlighted in the overall summary of over 700 pledges made for Rio. According to Richard Black from BBC, it was the most dynamic-sounding pledge on the register. But he also had doubts if we are able to do it. He was right. The challenge is huge only for schools and action based on voluntary people. We have planted now 17 million trees in 10 years. We need to plant 85 million trees in 4 years, which means 21,3 million trees annually.
St Francis of Assisi said following: Do first what's necessary, then what's possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible. That's what we are doing now. Our dream is there and dreams can come true if we believe in them. And doing what is needed.
ENO Treelympics 2015 will start 21 March, the International Day of Forests and International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. We mark the launch for the world forests and send a strong message against racism. Ethical sustainability lays in the foundation of Environment Online.
We want to thank the University of Eastern Finland and Joensuu Science Society for their wonderful effort on making the database system. Treelympics is a big challenge also for our volunteers, to keep the relevant data updated and monitor the event.
We look forward to your participation, in team and individual categories. Beside the contest, the most important thing is to do good for the environment.
Mika Vanhanen, director, founder
Environment Online - ENO