Did you know that we lose 15 billion trees a year globally?
That’s 56 acres of forest every minute.
How big is 56 acres?
Well, a New York City block is about 2 acres which means 28 blocks would just disappear.
That’s bigger than the entire neighborhood of Soho – just, poof! Gone.
Why should you care?
Well, let’s see. First of all, we need trees for oxygen. Did you know that a single mature, leafy tree can produce a day’s supply of oxygen for up to ten people? They also absorb the carbon dioxide that we emit which can contribute to climate change.
Other ways trees help us
In urban areas, trees provide shade for buildings which reduces energy costs, and studies have shown that trees in a school yard improve air quality and can reduce temperatures in warm climates by 10 degrees!
And, according to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), forests can actually make us healthier – check out their findings here.
So what can you do?
When you protect land locally, you’re saving the trees that benefit everyone. If you’re thinking about your conservation options this Earth Day, call us! We can help. 845.677.3002
But what if I don’t own land?
Well, there are still things you can do and Earth Day is the perfect time to start!
Check out local efforts like those of the Student Conservation Association who are partnering with the NYS DEC in New Paltz on April 27th. You can help pot young trees to be planted along local Hudson River tributaries to improve local water quality.
Our friends at the Environmental Cooperative at Vassar Barns are hosting a Creek and Street Cleanup on April 21st.
Dutchess County Tourism has some great events as well. From cleanups to recycling events to environmental education, there are lots of things to do!