Earth Day is celebrated every April  22nd around the world in over 193 countries.  This year’s goal is to plant 7.8 billion trees worldwide – one tree for every person on Earth. It’s bold, but we like bold.

Earth Day began in 1970 when then Senator of Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson, fought to establish laws that addressed environmental issues in the United States. Remember, at this time, businesses, factories and individuals were permitted to dump toxins, oil, gas and other chemicals in our natural habitat without penalty. Due to these and other coordinated efforts to protect the environment, we now have the Environmental Protection Agency (yes, it’s only 47 years old), the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. This year’s Earth Day marks an invitation to all world leaders to sign the Paris Climate Agreement to reduce global warming.

At Lane Forest, we couldn’t be happier about Eugene’s citizens planting trees as that can only improve our air quality, contribute to healthy bee populations, create beauty, and produce food. It’s a win-win. Local organizations like Friends of Trees devote their efforts to populating our community with trees. Click here to see what they’re doing.

For more information about the Earth Day Network, click here.

To see what’s happening locally in Eugene to celebrate Earth Day, check out Bring Recycling’s event on Saturday.