"The symbolism - and the substantive significance - of planting a tree has universal power in every culture and every society on Earth, and it is a way for individual men, women and children to participate in creating solutions for the environmental crisis."
Al Gore, Earth in the Balance Aside from fulfilling a life long ambition to travel and see the world, there is more to Worldwind 2007. Apart from the prospect of meeting many people from different walks of life and learning and sharing experiences from these people....Katlesh also want their trip to be in aid of a good cause. Which is why they decided to complete their trip in conjunction with The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which has launched a major worldwide tree planting campaign. Under the Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign, people, communities, business and industry, civil society organisations and governments are encouraged to enter tree planting pledges online with the objective of planting at least one billion trees worldwide during 2007.
Why is this important? Because forests provide not only environmental protection, but also significant income and livelihood options globally for more than one billion forest-dependent people. Trees provide a wide range of products (timber, fruit, medicine, beverages, fodder) and services (carbon sequestration, shade, beautification, erosion control, soil fertility). Without trees human life would be unsustainable.
Katlesh aim to travel through Asia educating people about the importance of planting trees and ultimately contributing to the billion tree pledge by planting indigenous trees in every country they visit.