Under the slogan “Make your ideas grow”, the journal Angewandte Chemie has launched an initiative to support reforestation. In partnership with the charity Trees for the Future one tree will be planted for every manuscript submitted to the journal from September 1 through to the end of 2023.
Trees for the Future
Less than three months since the international chemistry journal Angewandte Chemie launched the “1 Submission = 1 Tree” initiative, more than 5,000 submissions have been received. As a result, over 5,000 trees will be planted by Trees for the Future. You can keep track on how many trees are going be planted with the daily updated “Tree Counter”.
The editors hope the tree-planting initiative will raise awareness. In particular, by linking manuscript submission to supporting an ecological project they want to show how small individual contributions rapidly add up when we act together as a society. They originally hoped the project would result in around 6,000 trees being planted, but it is already clear the project will yield an even larger number of trees. The journal thanks all those supporting the project by submitting manuscripts as well as in other ways, such as comments and re-postings on social media. At least one author even asked if they could have two trees planted for their manuscript.
Angewandte Chemie, with the help of Wiley’s Director of Environmental Sustainability, selected the organization Trees for the Future because they do not just plant trees, they combine the tree planting with hands-on training to farming communities and has experience solving the problems of people living on degraded land in more than 60 countries in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. With Trees for the Future’s help, farmers plant thousands of trees that protect crops and return nutrients to the soil.
Ideas for the Future
The journal, which is owned by the German Chemical Society (GDCh), launched the initiative at the Wissenschaftsforum (WiFo 2023), the biennial meeting of the German Chemical Society (GDCh), where the latest advances in a broad spectrum of chemistry are presented and discussed. The theme for 2023 was “Rethinking Chemistry”. “Rethinking Chemistry” means focusing all research and development goals on sustainability. Each area of chemistry can and must make its own contribution to address the most pressing challenges of our time.
The editor’s original idea had been to link manuscript submission with support for ocean microplastic removal/recycling. However, when the great opportunity to launch the project at WiFo suddenly became available, the short deadline involved required them to select one of Wiley’s already established charity partners, Trees for the Future. However, they still hope microplastic removal can be the basis of a project sometime in the future. In the meantime, they are delighted how one submission = one tree has been received by the community and that thousands of authors have taken the opportunity to support Trees for the Future and make their ideas grow.
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