Last Saturday Iceland Music organised a day of tree-planting at Hekluskógar forest in order to offset carbon emissions generated both from company travel and the Icelandic music industry at large. It was the first such event organised by the company, which has a second planned for June 1.
Around 50 volunteers took part in the May 11 planting session, planting 10,000 birch trees in the area near Sultartangi Hydropower Station over the course of four hours, at a rate of almost one tree per minute per volunteer. The planting was a contribution to the Hekla Forest Project, the largest reforestation project of its kind in Europe. The main objective of the Hekla Forest Project is to reclaim woodlands of native birch and willow to reduce wind erosion and prevent volcanic ash from blowing over nearby areas after eruptions from active volcano Hekla.
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“Iceland Music takes a socially responsible stance in fighting global climate change,” a press release from the organisation states. “The impact of climate change can be seen in the changing of Icelandic seasons, weather patterns, and glacial retreat. Over a 30-year period, efforts from Saturday’s tree-planting event will sequester ten times Iceland Music’s carbon emissions from 2018. This will make Iceland Music’s 2018 year carbon-negative.”
Iceland Music will hold a second tree-planting session on June 1, with the aim of planting a further 10,000 trees. There is no cost to participate. Registration is open to all and can be found at http://bit.ly/PlontumTrjam, with priority given to Icelandic musicians.