Campaign Sets Goal of Planting 100 Million New Trees

Arbor Day Foundation says trees bring both environmental and societal benefits.

No matter where you live, there's something you can do that the National Arbor Day Foundation says will make an immediate positive impact on your community: plant a tree.

The Arbor Day Foundation has launched the Time for Trees campaign, an initiative to plant 100 million new trees by 2022. The campaign says that this goal can be achieved by working to repopulate forests, as well as planting trees in denser urban areas.

The Arbor Day Foundation says 100 million new trees will be able to filter 8 million tons of carbon out of the atmosphere. Arbor Day Foundation

According to the Arbor Day Foundation, this initiative will have measurable results in slowing climate change and improving the environment. The Foundation says 100 million trees would absorb 8 million tons of carbon, the equivalent of taking 6.2 million cars off the road for one year. Additionally, the trees would remove 578,000 tons of chemical air pollution from our atmosphere and provide $32.9 billion in total environmental benefits.

"It can be easy to take trees for granted, but they are absolutely critical to maintaining balance on our planet, supporting clean air and water, healthy food and a livable climate," said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation.

Urban areas can also see societal benefits, including stronger communities and less crime, from enhancing green space. Arbor Day Foundation

In urban areas, trees have environmental benefits including reducing air pollution, lowering urban temperatures and helping to manage stormwater runoff. Additionally, the Foundations says green spaces in urban areas help to promote a sense of community and can lower crime rates.

For more information on how you can become part of the campaign and plant a tree in your community, you can click here. You can also click here to donate to help support the Arbor Day Foundation and Time for Trees campaign.

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