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One Trillion Trees

Published: Oct. 22, 2021


On October 5th, two weeks ago, I was feeling discouraged as I listened to the expert scientists say that we have less than a decade to reverse the dramatic climatic changes which are unleashing increasing disastrous storms of hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes and wildfires – so much, some think it’s the end of the world as in the Bible Book of Revelations! More and more endangered species are becoming extinct daily! The temperature of our Earth is climbing. Sea levels are rising! People and animals are homeless!

We are told we can change this disastrous "climate change" if the whole world gets on board with a plan to act now. 

I called Silent Unity as I have in the last twenty years for prayer. A prayer partner prayed with me. We prayed for our country, the USA, and the world to truly begin to restore the earth. And you know what?  My affirmation assigned was "We are Open to Divine Direction as Perfect Order is Unfolding."  I said it as long as I could remember.

In the last few days, I have gotten very excited, and I am seeing Divine Direction as Perfect Order unfolds as our Great Nation commits to growing, restoring, and conserving One Trillion Trees around the world, as part of a global initiative that as the World Economic Forum launched in January 2020. This is a nature-based solution and mission set up to support the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030. This pledge was made by former President Trump. 

Click here to read more about 1 Trillion Trees.

The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), under the Department of Agriculture, is the agency to help restore our native forests all over our country.  The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will receive $5.5 million from the NRCS for tree planting.  Brian Schwartz, one of our congress members, stated that "Supporting these native trees will help recharge the aquifers (underground water) supplying the state's water, providing habitat for endangered Hawaiian bird species, and preventing dirt from washing into the ocean where it can harm coral reefs and fish."  Schwatz also mentioned the DLNR plans to work with private landowners to plant 210,000 native trees and remove the worst invasive species form 1,650 aces, many which are highly flammable and intensify wildfires.

Since 2010 in Volcano, Hawaii, we have been restoring our rare rainforests. We realized the work also restored our souls as a Unit and as a Family. When you "Malama the Aina" or Love the Land, the Aina Land loves you back even more! I swear!

Soon our country’s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) will be revived!  It will be called instead the Civilian Climate Corps, and the program will hire a diverse labor force to restore our lands and waters! It is an executive order and will be employing tens of thousands of young people. It would be a livable-wage job that offers training and educational support and for young people.

We can do this together. If my state of Hawaii is partaking in the pledge to plant 100 million trees, so is yours I bet!  Whether you own land or not, please get in there and plant a tree. My motto is:

"Plant a tree today for our tomorrow"

Click here to read more about our rainforest restoration work in Volcano, Hawaii.

by Yumi Kawano, Volcano Friends Worship Group (10/19/2021)