Would you like to be part of something truly epic?


The Society of African Missions (SMA) in partnership with the Irish Tree Council is offering you a unique opportunity to join the fight to combat the impact of Global Warming and Climate Breakdown. It is called The Laudato Tree and Great Green Wall Project.

With over 150 years of service to Africa, the Society has witnessed, over the last three decades especially, the devastating impact of Global Warming on the lives of Africa’s poorest and most vulnerable people. 

The Sahara Desert is creeping southwards and the peoples of the Sahel region are feeling the impact of desertification on a daily basis. Communities are being destroyed, young people are losing hope and increasingly making the perilous journey across the Sahara Desert in the hope of finding a boat to Europe. In the next 20 years, an estimated 60 million people could be displaced if the situation is not reversed. 

Determined to fight back, the African Union has adopted a major initiative called The Great Green Wall. It will be an 8000 kilometer ribbon of hope extending from Senegal in the west to Djibouti in the east. 

You can learn more about The Great Green Wall by clicking here. 

Ireland too must play its part in combatting the impact of Global Warming and Climate Change. 2018 is one of the warmest years on record. Farmers experienced a fodder shortage in April and due to a continuous drought throughout the summer, have been forced to feed their livestock with next winter’s reserves. It is unprecedented. But it all points to a major environmental crisis that we too, along with Africa, must tackle.

The primary cause of Climate Change and Global Warming is fossil fuels and dangerous CO2 emissions released into the atmosphere. The 2015 Paris Agreement highlighted the urgent need to reduce emissions and to try and stabilize and eventually reverse, rising temperatures. 

The most efficient ways to extract harmful carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere is by planting trees. A single tree can, over its lifetime, sequester 40 tons of carbon. Trees are humanity’s best friends in the war against Global Warming. 

The SMA have developed a unique project that aims to grow trees in Ireland and to support Africa in delivering the Great Green Wall by 2030. 


For just €60 you can help plant 6 trees (1 in Ireland and 5 along the Great Green Wall). Your donation, which represents just €5 per month, will also help to create green jobs, increase food security, train Great Green Wall guardian communities, and also begin to extract up to 240 tons of carbon from the atmosphere during the next 50 years. 

Click here to be brought to the Tree Council of Ireland’s website where you can make your donation. A certificated of participation will also be sent to you.


The Laudato Tree and the Great Green Wall Project was inaugurated by the President of Ireland, H.E. Michael D. Higgins, in March 2018 for the SMA (Society of African Missions), [and] in the presence of the UNCCD and the Tree Council of Ireland. It was launched by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Denis Naughten TD, on 8 August 2018, in Roscommon Town Park, Ireland. 


Each €60 donation will be used to plant a tree in a woodland in Ireland and to also plant 5 trees on Africa’s Great Green Wall, running through northern Ghana and Burkina Faso. Donations will go towards three critical initiatives related to combatting the impact of Global Warming:

(i) €25 will be invested in Ireland, promoting climate justice, the planting of trees (including ten years aftercare), and increasing Ireland’s biodiversity. Ireland’s tree coverage is currently the lowest in Europe at 11%. The average tree coverage throughout the European Union is 37%

(ii) €35 will go directly towards restoring degraded lands along the Sahel, training Great Green Wall guardian communities, increasing food security, creating green jobs, offering hope to Africa’s youth and reducing the need for migration or the dangers of radicalization; and allowing donors to become part of helping Africa to GROW A NEW WORLD WONDER!

(iii) The primary cause of Climate Change is CO2 emissions. The greatest, most efficient and inexpensive machines for sequestering carbon dioxide are trees. Over a lifetime a single tree will extract an average of 40 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The good news is that in addition to all the above, each €60 donation (just €5 per month) will help to extract over its lifetime 40 tons of CO2 in Ireland and 200 tons of CO2 in Africa.

A certificate will be sent to each donor of €60 by post and they will be able to visit the location of the woodland where donors trees are being managed in Ireland. Soon, through Google Maps, we hope to let donors visit the location of the project where trees (baobab, moringa, acacia and the fonio crop) along the Great Green Wall have been planted.

If donors wish to make a smaller, or larger, donation towards the project. This means that everyone can get involved and make a difference in Ireland and along Africa’s Great Green Wall.

The Inspiration behind The Laudato Tree and Great Green Wall Project:

The Laudato Tree and Great Green Wall Project is inspired by the historic environmental encyclical by Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, and Senegalese women in a BBC World Hacks short documentary about the Great Green Wall, who are singing ‘Praise to the Trees… Praise to the Great Green Wall’. (Laudato Si’ is the opening line of the great Canticle of Creation by St. Francis of Assisi, which in English means, ‘Praise to…’). For a short video about Pope Francis’ environmental letter ‘Laudato Si’, addressed to everyone on Earth, click on the image below: 

A children’s version of the Laudato Si’ video is available here. 

To view the BBC World Hacks video about Africa’s Great Green Wall, click here.


The Laudato Tree Project and Great Green Wall Project has two principle aims: 

(i) to increase biodiversity in Ireland through the planting of trees, and thus to work with our Government, relevant departments and Irish Civil Society, towards meeting our Climate commitments relative to, amongst others, the Paris Climate Agreement) and:

(ii) to champion the cause of Africa’s Great Green Wall, through encouraging our Government and Irish Civil Society, including faith communities, to support the growing of this historic, epic and critical world wonder.