Timberland Partners with United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and World Bank Group’s Connect4Climate in support of the Great Green Wall

Timberland Partners with United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and World Bank Group’s Connect4Climate in support of the Great Green Wall

Brand joins sustainability leaders at United Nations Climate Week in New York to help fight the global climate emergency

Leigh Vogel, Connect4Climate Nigerian singer Waje shared her voice in support of the Great Green Wall at an event to kick off UN Climate Week with Timberland, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification and World Bank Group’s Connect4Climate. The Great Green Wall is an 8,000km wall of trees that spans the width of Africa to help contain the spread of the desert and mitigate famine, drought, migration and conflict.

Leigh Vogel, Connect4Climate Colleen Vien, Timberland’s director of sustainability, joined the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and World Bank Group’s Connect4Climate to share the brand’s commitment to plant 50 million trees in five years and support Africa’s Great Green Wall, an 8,000 km wall of trees that will span the width of Africa to mitigate desertification, famine, drought, migration and conflict. Vien is pictured here with event host, Femi Oke.

Credit: Atomized Studios, Panelists share insights from the production of the Great Green Wall documentary at an event to kick off UN Climate Week with Timberland, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification and World Bank Group’s Connect4Climate.

Credit: Atomized Studios Malian blues group, Songhoy Blues, performed to support Africa’s Great Green Wall at an event to kick off UN Climate Week with Timberland, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification and World Bank Group’s Connect4Climate. The event drew a crowd of over two hundred supporters of the effort to plant an 8,000km wall of trees across the width of Africa, to help flght climate change and mitigate desertification, drought, famine, migration, and conflict.

Credit: Leigh Vogel, Connect4Climate Colleen Vien, Timberland’s director of sustainability, joined the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and World Bank Group’s Connect4Climate to share the brand’s commitment to plant 50 million trees in five years and support Africa’s Great Green Wall, an 8,000 km wall of trees that will span the width of Africa to mitigate desertification, famine, drought, migration and conflict. Vien is pictured here with event host, Femi Oke.

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Friday, September 27, 2019 - 4:55pm

CAMPAIGN: Timberland’s Commitment to the Outdoors

CONTENT: Press Release

STRATHAM, N.H., September 27, 2019 – Global outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland announces a partnership with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and World Bank Group’s Connect4Climate to support the Great Green Wall as a nature-based solution to fight the global climate crisis. The Great Green Wall is an African-led movement to grow an 8,000km line of trees across the entire width of Africa to fight climate change, drought, famine, conflict, and migration. It represents a marquis project in Timberland’s pledge to plant 50 million trees worldwide by 2024, announced earlier this month. 

Timberland’s longstanding commitment to reforestation, and its support of the UNCCD’s Great Green Wall campaign, carries an important message about the power of partnerships to create real and lasting change.

“At the heart of the Timberland brand is our belief that a greener future is a better future,” said Jim Pisani, global brand president, Timberland. “But we know we can’t create lasting change alone, and we recognize how the power of partnerships, like ours with the UNCCD and its Great Green Wall, can make a true impact. We call on businesses, organizations and individuals everywhere to take action – big or small – to help make it better.” 

To help kick off United Nations Climate Week, on September 22nd, Timberland, the UNCCD and the World Bank Group’s Connect4Climate program hosted an inspiring, high-energy event at Tavern on the Green (temporarily rebranded UNGA Goals House), and issued a call-to-action for influential leaders in business, policy, media, film and music to support the Great Green Wall

During the event, 200+ attendees viewed clips from the upcoming feature documentary, “The Great Green Wall”, directed by Jared P. Scott and produced by MAKE Waves in association with the UNCCD with the support of Connect4Climate, and heard first-hand from those directly involved in the project. Guests also enjoyed live musical performances from Songhoy Blues, Waje and Grammy-winning artist Ricky Kej. 

Later in the week, Timberland’s Director of Sustainability, Colleen Vien, also participated in a panel at the United Nation’s SDG Media Zone, focused on how the fashion industry is mobilizing climate action. Other panelists included Tricia Carey, Director of Global Business Development, Lenzing Group and Tolu Olubunmi, Manager of ActNow Climate Action Campaign. During the September 24th  panel, which was moderated by Kerry Brannigan, founder of the Conscious Fashion Campaign, Vien discussed Timberland’s call to action for the global community to join the movement. Vien noted, “small actions can have a big impact, small actions by many can create a movement, and a movement can change the world.”

To learn more about Timberland’s tree planting commitment and Nature Needs Heroes campaign, visit the brand’s responsibility site

About Timberland

Founded in 1973, Timberland is a global outdoor lifestyle brand based in Stratham, New Hampshire, with international headquarters in Switzerland and Hong Kong. Best known for its original yellow boot designed for the harsh elements of New England, Timberland today offers a full range of footwear, apparel and accessories for people who value purposeful style and share the brand’s passion for enjoying – and protecting – nature.

At the heart of the Timberland® brand is the core belief that a greener future is a better future. This comes to life through a decades-long commitment to make products responsibly, protect the outdoors, and strengthen communities around the world. To share in Timberland’s mission to step outside, work together and make it better, visit one of our stores, timberland.com or follow us @timberland. Timberland is a VF Corporation brand.

About the Great Green Wall

The Great Green Wall is an African-led movement to grow an 8000km line of trees across the entire width of Africa to fight climate change, drought, famine, conflict, and migration. Timberland is partnering with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and Connect4Climate - World Bank Group as part of the UNCCD-led campaign 'Growing a World Wonder’ which supports the Great Green Wall.  TREE AID - an international development organization that focuses on unlocking the potential of trees to reduce poverty and protect the environment in Africa – is planting trees in Mali as a key partner in the campaign.