National Arbor Day, Trees, Planting TreesIn 1872, J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day. His plan was to set aside a special day for planting and celebrating trees. Trees are more valuable than we realize. They produce oxygen, fight soil erosion and control noise pollution. As part of its mission to protect natural lands and preserve the environment for all people, Earth Day Network developed The Canopy Project. Rather than focusing on large scale forestry, The Canopy Project plants trees that help communities – especially the world’s impoverished communities – sustain themselves and their local economies. Trees reverse the impacts of land degradation and provide food, energy and income, helping communities to achieve long-term economic and environmental sustainability. Trees also filter the air and help stave off the effects of climate change.

Over the past three years, The Canopy Project, has planted over 1.5 million trees in 18 countries. In 2012, Earth Day Network made a commitment with the Global Poverty Project to plant 10 million trees over the next five years in impoverished areas of the world. Find out how you can take action and get involved with this international project. The Canopy Project will plant one tree for every dollar donated. Click here to find out more about this movement.

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