GREEN initiative Just One Tree and charity coalition Let’s Go Zero have joined forces to help schools reduce their environmental impact and become carbon-zero by 2030 by driving reforestation in areas where it has the most impact and benefit.

Schools are being actively encouraged to hold a Just One Tree Day on Friday 15 October (Friday 1 October for Scotland), raising funds to reverse deforestation and provide species with safe habitats to increase biodiversity.

A tree is planted on behalf of the children for every £1 raised. In return, schools get access to a wide variety of learning tools on the environment.

To date, over 420 schools have signed up to partner with Just One Tree and in the 18 months the non-profit has been established, close to a million trees have been planted at a rate of one every 53 seconds.

Let’s Go Zero is a coalition of sustainability organisations working with schools in the UK providing help and resources to schools, teachers and students on their school journey to zero-carbon.

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Amanda Bronkhorst, founder of Just One Tree, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Let’s Go Zero’s national campaign calling for government backing for zero-carbon schools.

“We’re asking parents to encourage their children’s school to host a Just One Tree Day and be part of a global movement empowering children in making a real difference for a greener future.

“Just One Tree Day is a simple – and free – way for schools to help compensate for their environmental impact.”

Alex Green, project manager for Let’s Go Zero, added: “We love the work that Just One Tree does with schools – it really helps children to learn about the link between local and global actions, and that they can make a difference. We look forward to seeing lots of Let’s Go Zero schools signing up to take part in Just One Tree Day this year!”

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