National Arbor Day is celebrated the last Friday in April, and its traditional observance is to plant a tree. When the first Arbor Day was celebrated on April 10, 1872, an estimated 1 million trees were planted. Imagine how big those 1 million trees are after 143 years!
Arbor Day’s celebration is rooted in the importance of trees to humanity. Like all plant life, trees take carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and produce the air we breathe. They give us shade, prevent erosion, provide the materials for the homes we live in, and are a source of fuel to keep us warm during the cold winter months.
Sustainability is essential Clearview Energy’s corporate goals.
Through a national partnership with Arbor Day Foundation, Clearview Energy contributes toward the mission of Arbor Day throughout the year by planting a tree in a nation’s forest on behalf of each customer enrolling in one of our ClearGreenGuarantee or GreenValue Assurance plans. These plans are 100% renewable, wind energy plans that provide a clean alternative to fossil fuels.
What fun and educational ways can you celebrate National Arbor Day this year?
This week, in honor of Arbor Day, think about what you can do to thank our nation's forests for providing wood, habitat, clean air, and drinking water for us. Here are a few ideas to consider:
Plant a tree in your yard or on your street
So we start with the obvious. If you have a backyard that can support it, or belong to a neighborhood association, plant a tree and experience the benefits locally on your block, or even your own back yard. Make it a fruit or nut tree for even more delicious benefits.
Go on a Neighborhood Nature Walk
One of the best ways to learn more about trees is to simply spend time observing them. It’s a great opportunity to spend time with your family and talk about the importance of trees. Consider celebrating Arbor Day with an outing to a public garden, such as your local Arboretum or Botanical Garden. Or you can simply go outside for a walk and ask your kiddos to look for differences between trees.
Volunteer with a local tree-planting organization
Celebrate Arbor Day by volunteering with a local organization dedicated to preserving nature and promoting sustainability. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people and make a difference in your community. Besides learning about the environment, you’ll spend quality time together making memories that will last for life.
Clean up a public park or downtown area
Recycle what you can and dispose of the rest responsibly. Ask neighbors in your area to help remove litter and encourage everyone to maintain the area once the work is done. Take it a step further by planting a tree, flowers, or shrubs to beautify the area even more.
Did you know that trees can talk to each other over an internet?
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The National Arbor Day Foundation website includes a list of volunteer opportunities and other ways to get involved. Visit their website at http://www.arborday.org/ for more information.
Together, we can make an impact on our planet. Share your Arbor Day stories in the comments section below. We’d love to hear about what you do!