SpamExperts Goes Beyond Classical Social Responsibility

Tree Huggers

How did it all start?

Our international project team of 7 wanted to focus on environmental problems in our home countries. As a result, we decided to plant trees because our cities are getting more and more polluted. The decrease of green space affects the population’s health, as well as wildlife and climate. While the situation is still looking good in the Netherlands, in Romania there are only 1.7 million trees in Bucharest alone, which means around 0.88 per capita. From country reports, Romania has run short of almost 1,000 acres of green areas in 8 years, these being used to build offices and apartment buildings. Mexico is one of the world’s most polluted countries. Wind circulation is very poor, favoring the formation of thermal inversion layers during winter and the constant presence of particulate air pollutants. Urban forestry can mitigate the effects of severe air pollution in the metropolitan area.

Why did we get involved and how?

There are many benefits to planting trees and growing green spaces. We knew that more trees mean cleaner air, as a tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds or carbon dioxide per year, clean water because forests provide natural filtration and storage systems, temperature control, flood control and, probably the most important, wildlife use trees for food, shelter, nesting, and mating. By protecting trees we save the plants and animals they shelter.

Our initial plan was to plant trees in forests, but due to climate reasons it was not an appropriate time frame for such an initiative. As a result, we decided to plant about 60 trees in different corners of the world (Romania and Mexico) in disfavored areas like parks, schools and empty slots, which could benefit from an increase in the number of green spaces. Schools were an important part of our project as children could directly join us and help. In this way, we contributed to their education on environmental importance.

Tree planting might seem an easy job, but it was more difficult than it actually sounds. Our team worked hard but also had fun and considered it an educational experience. We learned how to plant trees, add the right amount of fertilizer, and how to care for them after planting. This has been a great learning process for our team, as well, and has made us show deeper appreciation for the environment.