Sometimes inspiration for great things happen at the spur of the moment, and when it catches the attention of the right people, it can be like a spark that explodes into a movement. This is what happened in 1969 when a junior senator from Wisconsin were horrified at what was happening to the environment. The final blow for Senator Gaylord Nelson was the oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Senator Nelson made the decision to have a teach-in on college campuses everywhere and to get this done he hired a young activist named Denis Hayes. Hayes developed a national staff and they decided to launch Earth Day on April 22, 1970 so that students would be on Spring Break and could participate. Students of all grades around the U.S. participated in educational programs as well as hitting the streets to bring awareness to the destruction of our planet. The movement was so great that later that year the Environmental Protection Agency was created.
Since then, Earth Day has been celebrated from elementary schools to university campuses and local and state parks across the land as we try to teach everyone what they can do to be good stewards of our planet. This year, Healthcare Waste Management has made the decision as part of countdown to Earth day to contribute to The Canopy Project. This project, alongside Earth Day Network, coordinates with organizations around the world to take actions to strengthen communities by planting trees.
“Using sapling and seed distribution, urban forestry, agroforestry, and tree care training, we have empowered rural and urban people alike to conserve, repair, and restore tree cover to their lands,” – The Canopy Project
There are a variety of reasons by trees represent the perfect Earth Day celebration. Trees and forests are the lungs of the world. They absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen that we need. Trees also store carbon, offsetting the harmful byproducts of fossil-fuel burning. Trees assist in moderating the effects of wind and sun and act to clean the air by trapping dust, pollen, and other pollutants. Studies have shown that the presence of trees increase property value and help people to reduce stress by creating a sense of relaxation. Trees also contribute to raw materials recycling which generates jobs.
Between now and Earth Day, Healthcare Waste Management will plant fie trees for every new customer or new service added by our existing customers. We hope that this action will help to show our commitment to the protection and preservation of the world that we live in. Planting trees is one of the easiest ways that you can take care of your community and contribute to a healthier, cleaner environment.
You can learn more by checking out The Canopy Project, and signing up to help them. 1 tree is planted for every $1 donated.
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