Planting a tree for every post: join the #ForestChallenge!

Take a look through your old photos, find your favourite forest memory, and share it on your Instragram or Facebook feed to join the #ForestChallenge!

Reforestation of mangroves in Northern Sumatra – essential to protect the people and the village from flooding. Photo: Reforest’Action.

Reconnect with nature and post images with friends, family and colleagues around trees and forests. Cities4Forests commits to planting 1 tree for each of the first 2,000 images posted on Facebook and Instagram: use the hashtag #ForestChallenge and tag @Cities4Forests. Together with Reforest’Action, they will plant mangroves in Indonesia to advance forest-related climate action.

The photo contest starts today 22 April – on #EarthDay in partnership with the Earthday network – and runs through 5 June – World Environment Day (#ForNature) with the winners to be announced on 29 June – International Day of the Tropics.   

During this time of crisis due to COVID-19, the call to preserve the environment and restore forests is more important than ever. Globally, many cities and their residents face persistent stress on water, energy, and food supplies; they suffer from air pollution and severe heat and face environmental problems such as droughts and floods. 

You can join the contest by posting an existing or new photo with people and nature using the hashtag #ForestChallenge, tagging Cities4Forests and adding the location on Instagram or Facebook between 22 April and 15 June. Participants will have the opportunity to win awards and all posts will appear on the Cities4Forests website where you will find the criteria for participating.

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EFIMED is the Mediterranean Facility of the European Forest Institute. Based in Barcelona, Spain, it was launched in 2007.