World Environment Day (June 5) is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Since it began in 1974, the event has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries. Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that draws attention to a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for 2019 is “Air pollution”. You can read more on their website.
In honor of this special day, we wanted to share an update from our tree planting partner. Trees for the Future has removed 39,725 metric tons of carbon from the air since 2015. They have planted 180 million trees around the globe over the past 30 years, fighting air pollution one tree at a time. In 2015 they shifted to the Forest Garden Approach and began calculating just how much carbon is removed with each planting. Each Forest Garden is made up of thousands of trees and can sequester about 62.8 tons of carbon over a 20-year period.