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04Oct
2010

We got to thinking about other small changes we could make that would have big effects on the planet. Since light bulbs, tires, and water were taken, we wondered what the impact might be of planting a single tree.

We remembered NASCAR driver and GreenHero Leilani Munter explaining that she plants a tree for every race she drives. She donates to the World Land Trust, which works to conserve and grow rainforests worldwide.

We love the simplicity of donating a small amount to lend reverberating impacts somewhere else in the world.

A similar initiative is underway by Conservation International (CI), backed by actor Harrison Ford, who reminds us how interconnected our individual actions are with the CI slogan: “Lost there. Felt here”.

Would the same slogan work in reverse? If we plant a tree here, how will that benefit the rest of the world?

Can we counteract deforestation by planting trees in our communities? It turns out that a single tree can do a lot: it can improve air quality, absorb carbon dioxide, reduce temperature, provide wildlife habitat, and reduce noise pollution.

According to Tree Canada, a single tree over its lifetime will remove about 40 tons of pollution from the atmosphere. To give you a sense of how much that is, a single car driving 20,000 km emits 6 tones of CO2. Now think what millions of trees could do!

Planting a tree is another example of how each of us taking one small step locally can have wide global impacts.

Living in Toronto, we heard about Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF), a group dedicated to enhancing the city with trees.

In the Greater Toronto Area, LEAF actually subsidizes the cost of planting a tree in our backyards and offers guidance about how to care for the tree too.

The City of Toronto also offers a front of house tree service, planting free trees on city-owned land. Inspired to start planting or make a change?

Visit our campaign page for other ideas on how you can take simple actions!

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, simple actions matter: What simple actions are you taking to help the environment? How are you acting locally to affect global change? Do you know someone who is a small change agent in your community? Share your story here for your chance to win a prize in our contest!

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