Welcome to our new partner, QS World Merit!

QS World Merit is a global charity working towards creating a more equal world. They inspire and empower changemakers by rewarding doing good with opportunities provided by their partners.

The Global Tree Initiative (GTI) partnership with QS World Merit was celebrated on Friday, August 12, with an inspiring webinar launch of the Trees for Merit Global Tree Planting Challenge.

This launch was the culmination of months of collaboration between the GTI team and members of QS World Merit.

The Challenge runs from August 12, 2022, until August 2023.

Everyone is invited to join with friends, family, the local community, municipalities, or NGOs, to plant trees! Planting trees is an excellent community-owned exercise.

Tree-planting actions are to be reported on the QS World Merit App. Merit points will be awarded that can be exchanged for opportunities.

The number of people who get together for a tree planting activity will be one of the indicators considered when measuring impact and giving out rewards.

All trees reported during this challenge will be dedicated on the Global Tree Initiative global planting map.

If you have questions, please, contact Kika at

If you missed the webinar or if you need a refresher, please, watch the recording here.

Our next meeting will be a coffee chat in November 2022. The date will be announced soon.

Thank you to QS World Merit for the opportunity to work with you! We are excited about our collaboration!

Finally, a very special thank you to all our Global Tree Initiative friends who attended the webinar and showed their support: Anna Colao, Anrich Bester, Dah Ebbe, Hans Timpner, Jacie Keeley, Jeremy Adeba, Jussa Kudherezera, Kat O’Lone, Kika Gusmão, and Mrinalini Nidge.

After the event, Hans Timpner from Aruba shared with us: “I was absolutely astonished about this, I had no idea what this was all about. I was pleasantly surprised”. We are glad you are happy, Hans.

Da Ebbe from Mauritania said, “Yes, I will join. This is important to me.”

Kat O’Lone from the USA added that she is going to work the Challenge into her son’s school: “Doing school planting and incorporating this challenge will work great together.”

If you were there from our GTI team but we missed seeing you, please, let us know.

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