Who are we

Many of us work in the wind turbine industry, and the association has its base in Brande, Denmark. We think the efforts to stop global warming are moving too slowly.

VWe are united in a strong desire to act and help buy mankind more time to make the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

The board members

Henrik Stiesdal

Henrik Stiesdal

Chairman

For decades Henrik Stiesdal has been one of the key players in both the Danish and global wind turbine industry. He is an internationally awarded and universally respected innovator in the renewable energy domain. He blogs (in Danish) here and you can read more about Grow For It’s chairman on Wikipedia.

Jens Schiersing Thomsen

Jens Schiersing Thomsen

Vice chair and in charge of operations

Jens started out as a plumber apprentice at the B&W shipyard in Copenhagen, and from there moved on to become an engineer in the wind turbine industry – a position he has held for most of his working life. Jens is a Senior Key Expert, specializing in offshore steel structures for Siemens-Gamesa. He sits on the board of local chapters of Plantning og Landskab and Danmarks Naturfredningsforening.

Grethe Pihl Jensen

Grethe Pihl Jensen

Executive committee member

Grethe Pihl Jensen has worked in communication and development for 15 years, within the domains of urban development, tourism and future technologies. The sustainability agenda and the climate challenge are both priorities for Grethe privately as well as professionally. Grethe became a board member in the spring of 2019.
Jan Thisted

Jan Thisted

Executive committee member

Jan Thisted started out in the wind turbine industry in 1998 as an electrical engineer. Today Jan is Principal Key Expert for Siemens Gamesa. Jan grew up in Central Jutland close to forests and saw mills and has participated in tree planting since childhood.
Kristian Strøbech

Kristian Strøbech

Executive committee member

Kristian works as a consultant and educator, specialising in digital media innovation. He is also a part time journalistic lecturer at the Media Research and Innovation Centre at The University of Southern Denmark. Kristian has blogged about climate change at Klimabrev.dk and has trained many journalism students in climate change reporting. Kristian is responsible for Grow For It’s website.
Peter J.H. Esmann

Peter J.H. Esmann

Executive committee member

Peter holds a cand. merc. in International Business and works at Siemens Gamesa. Peter lives in Aarhus and sits on several boards, including “Gode Penge”.
Lars Hedemann

Lars Hedemann

Executive committee member

Lars Hedemann is Partner and Lead Advisor in the Brinckmann Group. After three years of PhD studies at Aarhus University in Strategy and Business Development, Lars became part of the wind industry in 2011. Motivated by the pressing CO2 problem, Lars engaged himself in the foundation of Grow For It in 2012. Today, Lars is responsible for the association’s development initiatives.

Active members

Christine Lindgaard Bæk

Christine Lindgaard Bæk

Support group member

Christine lives in Silkeborg and is a graphic designer. Christine is creative advisor & co-owner of Value Makers. Christine has created Grow For It’s’s logo and has also created the association’s design guide.
Stig Lindén-Søndersø

Stig Lindén-Søndersø

Support group member

Stig is a trained journalist, cand. public., and works as a communications consultant, press officer and SoMe manager at Gribskov Municipality. For seven years Stig worked at the newspaper Fyens Stiftstidende before switching to the communications industry. Stig manages Grow For It’s Facebook page.
Anne Wolsing

Anne Wolsing

Support group member

Anne has worked in the wind turbine industry since 2002 and is engaged in Grow For It with written communication based on a mix of education and competences. Anne was raised on the island of Anholt, where unspoiled nature, wind and waves are her closest neighbour. Anne is responsible for the summary minutes of the General Assembly.
Troels Ravn Klausen

Troels Ravn Klausen

Support group member

Troels is Chief Consultant of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and UN’s Sustainable Development Goals at the Business Academy MidtVest in Herning / Holstebro.
As head of the Studentervaeksthus/ Incubator , Troels inspires entrepreneurial students to incorporate the Sustainable Development Goal in their start ups. Troels sits on the Supervisory Board of Forenet Kredit and is an employee-elected board member at the Business Academy MidtVest. Troels lives in Silkeborg and has been preoccupied with climate issues for many years. Troels advices Grow For It within business development, collaboration with educational institutions and openness and transparency.
Pernille Selch Holm

Pernille Selch Holm

Support group member

Pernille lives in Malling and works with communication, project management and IT development. Previously she was volunteer at DGI. Pernille has been involved in developing workshops on motivation of volunteers, organization of board work, as well as the collaboration and organization of work in voluntary associations. She is a climate enthusiast and in collaboration she wants to push the green transition forward and provide first aid for the climate. In Grow For It Pernille is contributing offering “climate trees” through online gift shops.
Anja Norn

Anja Norn

Support group member

Anja is from the south of Jutland but lives in Brande. She initiated “Møllebanden” (the staff association at Siemens Gamesa) and the self-contained institution Doc. Arends. She was appointed “Brandit of the Year” in 2019 by the city of Brande and is a member of countless boards. Anja provides meeting facilities for the annual general meeting of Grow For It.
Nina Pedersen

Nina Pedersen

Support group member

Nina is a retired physical therapist, farmer-born “Brandit” (a person from the city of Brande), cat fan and fond of trees and cloven-beasts!
Nina traditionally provides the food for GROW FOR IT’s annual general meeting.

Our purpose

Grow For It is a nonprofit association offering individuals the opportunity to balance their personal CO₂ emission through planting of trees.

Afforestation is a solution that buys mankind more time to make the necessary transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Afforestation works for the climate by capturing and binding CO₂ from Earth’s atmosphere in growing trees.

The main goal of Grow For It is to reduce carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere through afforestation. All donations toward afforestation goes directly into tree planting.

Grow For It is independent of politics, and our activities are based on volunteer work from case to case. We are a civil society volunteer based group, independent of any financial interests. Being non-bureaucratic is important to us. We focus on transparency and credibility in all we do.

We are happy to enter into cooperation with other players in afforestation nationally and globally, provided these players meet our requirements for transparency and credibility.

Our aim is to plant trees – a lot of trees. It is not so important who takes care of the actual planting as long as we end up capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

We are a volunteer project. We believe we can make something real and tangible happen by simply taking action as citizens. As an example: If a family of two plant 2 hectares of forest (2 pieces of land of 100*100 m each) the family will have balanced it’s emissions for the next 70 to 100 years, once and for all!

Partners

TroFaCo

The organiazation TroFaCo was established in 2014. The founders, Steffen Johnsen and Thomas O’Brian Kirk, have both been working with international development projects for many years, Thomas in Africa, Steffen mostly in Asia.

TroFaCo cooperate with several Danish associations, among those Dan Church Aid. TroFaCo’s partners in charge of the practicalities are CAFACA in Cambodia, ActionAid in Vietnam (Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke is the Danish member of ActionAid), and in Uganda it is CIDI along with other partners cooperating with Caritas Danmark and Danida.

We have chosen TroFaCo as partner in reforestation, because TroFaCo is able to fulfill our requirements for transparency and reliability. One of the preconditions for our cooperation is that it shall be possible to go and pat the trees on site. TroFaCo can offer that opportunity through their unique registration of the location of the trees on Google Maps and via GPS coordinates. So, if you would like to see the trees you sponsored, it is in fact an option. TroFaCo and Grow For It offer to provide some practical support in case you want to go there!

Eden Reforestation Projects

Grow For It is a “Sapling Partner” with the American organization Eden Reforestation Projects. Eden has plantet and re-established forests in many countries since 2004 and operates with a high degree of transparency and accountability. We have chosen to work with Eden on their sites in Madagascar, where mangrove is being re-established on a large scale.

Mangrove is particularly of interest to Grow For It, since mangrove has a carbon capture and storage capacity near double that of other trees. This means a very attractive planting opportunity for Grow For It’s donors.

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