In today's Get a life moment, I am joined by Jon Chambers, co-founder of 8 Billion Trees.
As you will notice, I'm not interviewing him by video, but in the written word.
This is because he is currently in the Amazon! I first came across Jon whilst on YouTube, when I saw the video above, I was so moved by his work that I felt compelled to interview him and bring his message to the World.
And what an inspiration he is !
Here's the interview:
Jon Chambers formed 8 Billion Trees to combat the climate crisis by offsetting carbon while restoring biodiversity and rebuilding habitats for wildlife. He is motivated and driven by the concept that if humans can destroy the Earth, they can also work to rebuild it as well.
Launching large-scale planting operations in the Amazon Rain forest, forming agreements with government bodies to restore and conserve devastated areas, and utilizing non-profit planting partners to expand their impact, 8 Billion Trees formed a multi-faceted approach with the goal of making an impact not just this month or this year--but one that can withstand the test of time and make a real dent in the deforestation crisis.
Who is Jon Chambers:
Troubled by the environmental and ecological crises unfolding around the globe, I hold the belief that a unified effort of ACTIONists is one of the only things powerful enough to reverse the destruction and begin healing our planet. ACTIONists are activists in motion--people who are pressed with the realization that only bold action can reverse the tides and make a lasting positive change for the planet.
What has been your journey to here: Interviewees share/ disclose as much
or as little as they feel comfortable to.
8 Billion Trees was founded with a huge goal, and one that I take very seriously: to plant and conserve 8 billion trees as the Earth's population exceeds 8 billion people.
The belief is that if we can form a strong connection of responsibility with every single person around the world to plant and safeguard just 1 tree, we can create a zeitgeist of environmental respect and love for the planet that can form the basis for a permanent switch in perspective that is powerful enough to change how people treat and care for precious ecosystems and wildlife.
What are you working on now/next?: What is your vision/ aspiration
We are working hard to continue expanding our planting operations in the Amazon Rain forest while launching new planting sites where they are desperately needed--like our new planting initiative in South Australia with the government there to begin restoring habitats destroyed by the horrific wildfires that ravaged the ecosystem there just months ago.
We are also focused on spreading awareness for our program that helps individuals to counter their carbon footprint and even go beyond to become carbon positive.
And finally what is your top tip for life?
As cheesy as it sounds--be filled with gratitude. At the core of everything our team does--it all comes from a deep sense of gratitude and appreciation that we have the real capability to make a change. It's what drives us everyday to keep planting and conserving trees and caring for wildlife: we know our actions are making a true difference.
For more information on Jon's work visit: