Our planet is fragile. The world we live in is disappearing fast. Whatever Trump and Bolsonaro say, the rainforests of the Amazon ARE being destroyed, acre-by-acre, day-by-day.
So, as most of us can’t tie ourselves to the bulldozers, I keep wondering how can we help?
I recycle. I try not to buy plastic. I use refillable water bottles. I have a keepcup. I don’t use plastic bags. I collect plastic off beaches. I tick the carbon-offsetting box when booking flights… But what else can I do? And how can I use my photography business to help?
The core of who I am and what I want to do is to help. As naive as that sounds, at eighteen I travelled to Brazil to work with street kids in the favelas. Before I set up my wedding photography business, I worked as a press photographer and my dream then was to work with NGO’s. Nothing’s changed. I still want to take photos that will make an impact, make a positive change.
So, with this in mind, I had been thinking of how I can use my photography business to be of service.
I discovered The Eden Reforestation Project through photographer Kurt Vandeweerdt when Anna Loewy was working on A Mongolian Project of his. I was blown away by the idea. Here was a project I could get on board with. So I got in touch with them.
I am thrilled to be able to finally announce I have been accepted to be a partner with The Eden Reforestation Project.
How does this affect you, my wedding couples?
When you book your wedding with me, to thank you for booking me I pledge to have 100 native trees planted in your name. This is a gift from me to you to the planet.
This is a far healthier and kinder way to say thank you for asking me to be a part of your story. A love letter to you and to the planet.
So, what is Eden Reforestation Projects?
The Eden Reforestation Projects is a non-profit, whose mission is to provide fair wage employment to impoverished villagers as agents of global forest restoration. They hire the poorest of the poor to grow, plant, and guard to maturity native species forest on a massive scale. Their “employ to plant methodology” results in a multiplication of positive socio-economic and environment measures.
By the year 2025, their objective is to plant a minimum of 500 million trees each year and to offer hope through the employment of tens of thousands of people in countries where extreme poverty is rampant.
Their primary goal is to lift people out of extreme poverty. They have also become a model for environmental restoration and land management.
Since they began, over 250 million trees have been planted around the world in Ethiopia, Madagascar, Nepal, Haiti, Indonesia, Mozambique.
So, I am extremely proud to be in partnership with them and know you will be too.
Check out their website to see more info on the incredible work they do.