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A top vegan footballer has pledged to plant 3,000 trees every time his team wins – in a bid to help the planet.

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has partnered global anti-deforestation charity One Tree Planted – which warns that 4,500 acres of forest are cleared every hour – to carry out the initiative.

Bellerin, who has spoken out on environmental issues on many occasions, is passionate about tackling climate change.

‘Very close to my heart’

In a statement sent to Plant Based News, Hector Bellerin said: “As a child growing up in Barcelona, I spent a lot of my with my Grandad in his garden planting trees and playing in forests so it’s an issue very close to my heart.

“When I saw the great work that One Tree Planted do, not just the planting of the trees but within the communities as well, I knew it was something that I wanted to get involved in.

“I hope that by doing this and using my platform, others will see how important it is to look after our world and donate to a cause which really affects us all.”

‘Champions for the environment’

Diana Chaplin, canopy director of One Tree Planted, added: “It’s great to know that there are champions for the environment in the sports world.

“Hector’s passion for nature goes beyond words to make a real impact on the ground and help us plant trees where they’re needed most.

“This will have a lasting benefit for people, nature, and wildlife for many years to come.”

You can find out more about the campaign – and help plant more trees – here

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.