Plant A Tree For Earth Day
The organizers from the Earth Day Network (www.earthday.org) announced the theme for Earth Day 2016 is Trees For The Earth. The goal is to plant 7.8 billion trees, one tree for every person on the planet, by its 50th anniversary - which is in five years. Our planet is currently losing over 15 billion trees each year (equivalent to 48 football fields every minute).
The group stated planting trees is the first of five major goals in honor of the five-year countdown to its golden anniversary.
The Earth Day Network stated planting 7.8 billion trees will contribute to:
Mitigating Climate Change And Pollution
Planting trees absorb excess and harmful CO2 from our atmosphere. In a single year, it takes roughly 96 trees to absorb the amount of CO2 produced by one person. Trees also absorb odors and pollutant gases like nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone, as well as filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.
By planting the right trees, we can help counteract the loss of species, as well as provide increased habitat connectivity between regional forest patches.
Supporting Communities And Their Livelihoods
Planting trees help communities achieve long-term economic and environmental sustainability and provide food, energy and income. Studies have shown that schools with tree cover have reduced asthma and lung disease rates and help students with ADHD concentrate for longer periods. Tree planting has a direct correlation to reduced crime rates, increased property values, reduced litter, higher social cohesion, and a number of other social and psychological benefits.
Get involved by planting more trees. Organize a team to plant trees in your neighborhood or donate to The Canopy Project.
Earth Day, and an awareness for taking care of our planet, goes hand-in-hand with auto recycling. Auto recyclers play a direct role in the responsible recycling of vehicles. They drain fluids that would otherwise leak into groundwater, remove toxic mercury switches and, by reselling parts and reclaiming steel for scrap processing, save resources and energy used to create new materials. Support your local auto recycler and the environment.
See more and donate at www.earthday.org.