You may wonder, why are we, an American company, supporting mangrove reforestation all the way in Indonesia rather than closer to home?
And that is a fair question. For us, the reason is simple. Climate change is a global problem. The climate does not really care whether we remove carbon from the atmosphere in Miami or in Indonesia. But, if we do it in Indonesia, the secondary benefits, in terms of livelihood support and local economic development are vastly greater than if we work in Miami (where they also have mangroves). Moreover, Indonesia is also very exposed to adverse weather effects (remember the 2004 tsunami?) and mangroves are proven to diminish the impact cyclones, tsunamis, and hurricanes have once they hit land. These are truly miracle trees.
Similarly, climate change is a threat multiplier: pushing the already vulnerable population of the world, especially in the Global South, further into poverty. Education for children in Uganda will bring more people out of poverty and a dependence on agriculture, which is under threat from climate change, than anywhere else in the States.