NATIONAL TREE DAY 2020
National Tree Day is September 23. Here’s some fun facts about why we celebrate!
Did you know:
One large tree can provide a day’s oxygen for up to four people?
It takes 500 full-sized trees to absorb the carbon dioxide produced by a typical car driven 20,000km/year?
Shade from trees can help us feel up to 15°c cooler on hot summer days and reduce air conditioning costs by 20% to 30%?
Trees help prevent flooding by lifting nearly 400 litres of water from the ground?
Trees offer habitat for 80+ species of North American birds?
According to Tree Canada adding 10 trees to a city block also offers mood and health benefits akin to getting a $10,000 salary raise or being seven years younger. Therefore, as the world has previously taken healthy green life for granted over years, today, we can proudly and consciously exert delight in knowing the additional benefits that trees provide.
Fun Fact: Did you know that National Tree day is related to Arbor Day?
WHAT IS ARBOR DAY?
Arbor Day is a holiday that encourages the planting, caring, climbing, and importance of trees. It originated in 1805 in the Spanish town of Mondoñedo in the Galician province of Lugo, Spain. People of this little town were convinced that trees were important for health, hygiene, decoration, nature, and customs, which also brings about a festive air.
Now although there isn’t a specific day of celebration for Arbor Day, it is observed in the springtime usually around Earth Day.
Fun Fact: Did you also know that there are about 140 native Canadian trees?
I discovered that the most common amongst them is the spruce species which can be found mostly in Ontario, Manitoba, British Columbia, and Nova Scotia. However, we can’t celebrate National Tree Day without giving appreciation to Canada’s official national tree which is the sugar maple tree in the picture above.
HEROES WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO NATIONAL TREE DAY
As many environmental agencies and organizations support the celebration of National Tree Day, our own Green Heroes have played a part in the celebration of trees.
Our first featured Hero is Wangari Maathari, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Kenyan Government M.P. who founded the Green Belt Movement. Wangari, who completed her university degree in the States, created this initiative after returning to Kenya and seeing how deforestation had impoverished the Kenyan countryside. In just 30 years, her advocacy yielded the planting of 40 million trees in Kenya and inspired the United Nations to initiate the ‘Billion Tree Campaign’ in 2006. Watch her video here
Tzeporah Berman, also known as the Clayoquot Hero is our second Green Hero to feature on National Tree Day. Tzeporah couldn’t accept the idea that thousand-year-old historical trees were cut down for phone booths and magazines unreasonably. This motivated her to spur the movement that ended clear-cutting in Clayoquot Sound. Today, her organization stands.earth challenges corporations and governments to treat respectively people and the environment. Watch her video here
Our third tree advocate is Laura Reignsborough. Laura’s particular focus is urban fruit trees, whose bounty often ends up rotting and falling to the ground. She discovered the abundance of fruit trees in her residential neighbourhood and created a local food source through community fruit picking. Her campaign has helped reduce the carbon footprint of where most fruit comes from while providing healthy food to neighbours, homeowners and shelters. Watch her video here
How to celebrate National Tree Day!
- Tag us on Instagram@Greenheroes.tv and Twitter @GreenHeroesTV with a picture of your favourite tree and tell us the story behind it!