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Celebrating Earth Day — 20,000 Trees Planted

Earth Day 20,000 trees

Trees! We love trees. To celebrate Earth Day, we planted another 20,000 trees through our partnership with Trees for the Future. Trees remove CO2 from the atmosphere on an ongoing basis, help restore degraded land, reverse deforestation, improve soil quality, and augment local living standards. Let’s all go out and hug a tree today!

And thank you for purchasing our calendars, greeting cards, coloring books, and journals. We are deeply grateful for your participation in our mission to plant more and more trees — 580,000 and growing since 2008.

Here’s more about the history and purpose of this special day from the Earth Day Network website:

Earth Day Network’s mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations.

Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 50,000 partners in 196 countries to build environmental democracy. We work through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns.

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air ActClean Water ActEndangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Twenty years later, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.


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Earth Day

Cycling is a popular and earth-friendly activity in Portland. This image from the Bicycle Bliss 2015 wall calendar features Portland in the background.

Cycling is a popular and earth-friendly activity in Portland. This image from the Bicycle Bliss 2015 wall calendar features Portland in the background.

Several years ago, we went to an Earth Day celebration here in downtown Portland. Part of downtown was closed for a parade that featured musicians, dancers, and tons of adorable children dressed as their favorite creatures. We saw a menagerie of wee ones dressed as butterflies, dolphins, bears, kitties, puppies, pandas, elephants, and more. I was pretty impressed with the creativity and energy so many of them had invested in their creations. I could feel how much they loved these creatures just from the level of enthusiasm they expressed by dressing up like them — so much care and detail. Continue reading