Danes donate millions of euros for planting trees

People and companies in Denmark donated last week up to €2.4m for the planting of trees, in the world's first such even focused on climate. According to the organisers of the initiative, for every 20 Danish kroner (€2.70) donated, one tree is to be planted, while 20% of the total amount will be earmarked for forest conservation efforts in the country.

The fundraising event, which included musical guests and was broadcast on Denmark's public TV channel TV2, took place at Gisselfeld Klosters Skove forest, east of Naestved, on the island of Zealand. Both individuals and firms contributed donations, local media reported. The aim was to raise at least 20 million Danish kroner to plant 1 million trees. Falling just short of the organizers' goal, enough money was raised to plant 914,233 trees.

“It's a positive way to inspire people, showing how to make a difference, with a small act to tackle the climate crisis,” Kim Nielsen, founder of the Growing Trees Network Foundation, which is part of the project, said cited by the DW. “It's the first time a charity show has focused on climate issues on TV, it's very exciting,” he added.

In the last week city authorities, the Danish Nature Agency and the churches around the country have submitted bids for areas in which they hope to be allowed to plant trees with the help of the donations from the climate telethon.

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