National Braids Day: link together to celebrate + conserve our rainforests
Did you know that every second 1-2 football fields of forests are cut down?
Did you know that half of the world’s tropical forests have already been cleared?
Did you know that the number of the Earth’s wild animals has halved over the past 40 years, and every decade, another 10% of remaining wildlife will become extinct?
Here’s how you can help protect our rainforests and the threatened and endangered species that call them home…
National Braids Day
On 28th September, it is National Braids Day and on this day, we at She Went Wild are going to link together to tackle deforestation and ignite conversation about rainforest conservation.
This annual challenge is a visual representation created by BraidsOn for Conservation, an Australian not-for-profit environmental organisation that was established in 2017.
Raising money to protect our rainforests
As a team, we are raising money for Rainforest Trust Australia who purchase and protect the most threatened tropical forests, saving endangered wildlife through partnerships and community engagement.
Every $2.50 donated to your campaign will save an acre of rainforest and all donations are matched $1 for $1, doubling the impact.
To learn more about Rainforest Trust Australia and to see the projects that our money will fund, click here.
For thousands of years, braids, plaits and wraps have been used across many different cultures for a variety of uses.
One use is as a social art. Due to the time it takes to braid hair, people often socialise and converse whilst doing so. In some cultures, it can be a social art that bonds different generations; between elders and children.
Braids, plaits and wraps are also used for practical means such as producing textiles, bowls, hats and even weapons. Traditionally, the materials used in braids have depended on the indigenous plants and animals available in the local area. Materials can include vegetable fibres, silk and leather.
Because of the social and environmental elements braiding, we think it is definitely a beautiful and poetic visual way to celebrate and protect Mother Nature.
How can you get involved?
On 28th September, braid, wrap or plait your hair and add green ribbon, cloth or any other material to help raise awareness and funds to protect rainforest and habitat for wildlife.
Take it even further and wear your hair in a braid as many times as many times you’d like throughout the entire month of September.
Send your family and friends this link to donate:
On social media, use the hashtags #braidson and #shewentwild to share your efforts to protect our rainforests!