Plant a Tree — Provide Oxygen for Two Human Beings for a Year

Earth Day April 22, 2011

This year Earth Day is April 22nd. Are you participating? In 1970, Gaylord Nelson, a United States Senator, founded the first Earth Day in an attempt to bring a better understanding of the affect we have on this planet. Americans in the 1960’s were becoming aware of the country’s environmental destruction. Events such as Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, a book on the spraying of DDT and other pesticides and their harmful effect on human health and the eco-disaster of the Ohio River’s Cuyahoga River where it caught on fire due to the hazardous wastes dumped into it, made Nelson believe that environmental protection should be a national priority. The first Earth Day, organized on a grassroots level, attracted 20 million people to the streets. Eventually the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Air Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and dozens of other legislative reforms stemmed from this environmental interest. Over the years, this has spread to a worldwide event.

 

RJRC is a firm believer that every small act has an impact. Especially on Earth Day, each of us should make some contribution. Planting a tree is an easy way to do this. If every American family planted just one tree, the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere would be reduced by one billion pounds annually. This is almost five percent of the amount that human activity pumps into the atmosphere each year. RJRC has planted two Italian Stone Pines. Each tree, besides being beautiful, will absorb carbon dioxide at a rate of 48 pounds per year and release enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support two human beings. Planting a tree in a public or private space is an easy way to help Mother Earth. Please find an Earth Day activity to support.