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Acea Run Rome The Marathon is committed to planting 3,000 trees in Guatemala to reduce CO2 emissions and support the local economy. Marathon runners can also purchase one or more trees

ROME – Acea Run Rome The Marathon, scheduled for 27 March, is an event that is increasingly attentive to social issues. Among the topics on the agenda of organisers and participants is the climate crisis, which is mainly caused by human actions. Among the opportunities to reverse the trend is the reforestation programme implemented by zeroCO2 and of which Acea Run Rome The Marathon is a partner. 

RUN ROME THE MARATHON – Just as a marathon runner reaches the finish line after taking thousands of steps, the goal of reversing climate change requires commitment and many small steps. This is why Acea Run Rome The Marathon has entered into a partnership with zeroCO2, which involves the creation of a real forest through the adoption of trees.

Acea Run Rome The Marathon is committed to planting 3 thousand trees in Guatemala, in the Pèten region, with the dual purpose of absorbing CO2 emissions and supporting the economy and nutrition of local farming families. 

Today the invitation is addressed to every marathon runner: “You too can contribute to the creation of the Rome Run The Marathon Forest in Guatemala! With your donation, you are contributing to the absorption of CO2 emissions and to the economic and food support of the farming communities benefiting from the project. A double impact: for the planet, for the people. Enter the ecosystem and run with us for a more sustainable future”. Each marathon runner will be able to participate at the time of registration by donating their contribution, which will be used to plant additional trees in the ‘Rome Run The Marathon Forest‘.

WHO IS ZERO CO2? ZeroCO2 is engaged in reforestation, afforestation and the planting of trees in urban and extra-urban areas in various places around the world, with the aim of safeguarding nature. The wide-ranging project has a high social impact because it focuses on sustainable agriculture capable of reproducing natural ecosystems that contribute to food security and economic support for local people. In its first two years of operation, zeroCO2 has already planted 400,000 trees in Guatemala, Peru, Argentina, Portugal, Africa and Italy. 

In addition to the practical work of planting, educational work is carried out in collaboration with local universities to provide training for partner communities on organic farming and sustainable land management. Indeed, zeroCO2 promotes a regenerative agroforestry reforestation system based on the alternation of fruit trees, forest trees and annual crops such as maize and beans, even on small plots of land. Thanks to this system, a virtuous mechanism is set in motion, inspired by agro-ecological techniques, in which people return to the centre of production systems, in harmony with the environment they inhabit.