South Africa: International Earth Day 2016 - 22 April
Our precious planet is losing over 15 Billion trees each year. Planting trees absorb excess and harmful CO2 from our atmosphere. By planting the right trees, we can help counteract the loss of species, as well as provide increased habitat connectivity between regional forests.
In a single year, it takes roughly 96 trees to absorb the amount of CO2 produced by one person. Trees also absorb odours and pollutants, as well as filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark. By planting the trees we can help counteract the loss of species. Join the Earth Day Network in an effort to plant more trees. Organize a team to plant trees in your neighbourhood.
How you can help:
Urge your local municipality to make a substantial tree planting commitment.
Lead a recycling drive to collect as much plastic, metal, and glass as possible.
Organise a day for neighbourhood to pick up trash at a local park or beach.
Create an eco-fair with local green businesses and environmental organisations. Not only will this inform the public of ways they can get involved, but it’s also a fun way to promote local businesses and bring your community together.
This year Earth Day Network is focusing on the urgent need to plant new trees and forests worldwide. Throughout the year, EDN sponsors takes part in tree plantings worldwide. As we begin the four year count down to Earth Day’s 50th anniversary in 2020, Earth Day Network is pledging to plant 7.8 billion trees worldwide – one for every person on Earth! That’s incredibly ambitious, but we believe this down-payment must be made in order to combat climate change and keep our most vulnerable eco-systems from facing extinction.