Petro de Luanda participates in the Campaign to Plant 6,000 trees in Angola; Petro de Luanda led the BAL in three-pointers made during the 2022 season, resulting in Angola being selected for Threes for Trees.
The Basketball Africa League (BAL) in collaboration with New Fortress Energy (NFE) and Otchiva, an environmental organization focusing on land restoration in Angola, announced today that they will plant 6,000 trees in Angola as part of the “Threes for Trees” campaign.
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and BAL Green, the league’s environmental initiative that leverages the collective platform of the BAL, its teams, players and fans to advocate for greater environmental responsibility, make a positive impact on people’s lives and help develop the next generation of environmentally conscious leaders.
To commemorate the expansion of Threes for Trees to Angola, Petro de Luanda players Carlos Morais, Lukeny Gerson, Childe Dundao and Jone Pedro joined head coach José Neto and 100 community volunteers for a tree planting ceremony at Luanda.
The BAL, NFE and Otchiva will team up to plant the rest of the trees in Humpata, a town and municipality in the Huila region of Angola.
In Angola, the campaign will help raise awareness of desertification in the southern part of the country, where the Namibian desert is expanding and affecting local communities, including Humpata.
The expanding desert makes the region more likely to experience a prolonged drought cycle affecting local people and livestock.
Beyond the number of human and animal deaths, other consequences of the drought cycle are hunger, food insecurity, forced migration and increased disease outbreaks.
The campaign will contribute to Otchiva’s goal of planting one billion trees by 2031 and creating a green wall in southern Angola.
BAL will also work with Otchiva to co-create educational materials and engagement opportunities for athletes and community members.
“We are proud of the impact that BAL is having in communities across the continent to raise awareness of the effects of climate change and desertification,” said BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall. “I want to thank New Fortress Energy, Otchiva and Petro de Luanda for supporting our Threes for Trees campaign in Angola and helping to raise awareness of this critical issue facing us all.”
“We are grateful for the opportunity to help contribute to the empowerment of communities in the fight against climate change,” said Fernanda Renée, founder and executive director of Otchiva.
“Beyond inspiring and motivating concrete actions, we are leaving a legacy and contribution to the sustainability of future generations.”
During the second season of the BAL, Petro de Luanda converted 80 three-pointers, resulting in Angola being selected for the Threes for Trees campaign.
It was the second consecutive season that Petro de Luanda made the most three-pointers in the league.
At the BAL Finals in May, select players, coaches and staff visited Umusambi Village on the outskirts of Kigali to help the community better understand the effects of climate change and the importance of planting and caring for trees.
On May 28, Tunisia‘s US Monastir defeated Angola’s Petro de Luanda 83-72 to win the 2022 BAL Finals, which was held at the BK Arena in Kigali, Rwanda and broadcast to fans on 215 countries and territories.
The BAL 2022 season generated more than one billion impressions on social and digital media.