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Earth Day is this week – What can you do?

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!

Looking for something for the whole family? Head to Bowdoin Park on April 24th or 25th for Earth Awakening Weekend! Brought to you by Dutchess County Parks and the Poughkeepsie Public Library District, Earth Awakening Weekend celebrates renewal in a special way over the course of two days. Featuring a story walk, art exhibit and sale, scavenger hunt, beekeeping demonstration, live plein air paint out, chapel rededication, native plant education, kid’s nature art workshop, and MORE! Come to the park and AWAKEN to all the goodness this season brings… growth, renewal, hope, life, music, connection. Visit their Facebook page for more info here.

Our friends at Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County are hosting an Earth Day Stream-a-thon!. Be prepared for a day chock-full of short presentations pertaining to a wide range of environmental topics streaming live on their Facebook page. Don’t miss our own Julie Hart, DLC Ecologist, as she takes a nature walk through the Dover Stone Church Preserve!

And, finally, protecting our planet starts with you! Here are “Ten Simple Choices for a Healthier Planet” from NOAA’s National Ocean Service.

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