22 April: Earth Day

22 April: Earth Day

In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to be celebrated on 21 March 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. A month later a separate Earth Day was founded by United States Senator, Gaylord Nelson, at an environmental teach-in held on April 22, 1970. Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center, see Earth Day: The History of a Movement.

Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and is celebrated annually on April 22. Events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for the protection of the environment in more than 190 countries every year.

Our planet is currently losing over 15 billion trees each year. That’s 56 acres of forest every minute. Visit earthday.org to take action.


Plant a tree on Earth Day – and not just on this day, but any other day! Trees combat climate change, provide us with clean air for us to breathe. Trees also provide homes and natural habitat for birds and other wildlife. Trees furthermore provide us with wood, all sorts of delicious healthy food and have holistic healing properties. 22 of the best reasons to plant and care for trees or defend a tree’s standing.

A balance of carbon and oxygen: A single 30-meter-tall mature tree can absorb as much as 22.7 kilograms (50 pounds) of carbon dioxide in a year, which over it’s lifetime is approximately the same amount as would be produced by an average car being driven 41,500 kilometers (25,787 miles). The same tree could also produce 2,721 kilograms (5,998.78 pounds) of oxygen in a year, which is enough to support at least two people. According to the University of Melbourne, because trees grow faster the older they get, their capacity for photosynthesis and carbon sequestration increases as they age. 8 amazing facts about trees that you didn`t know.


South Africa has about 1 700 different native trees, also see the list of protected trees in South Africa. If you don’t have the space to plant your own tree, invest in a pot plant or donate a tree to a friend, community garden or school in your area. You can also buy a tree online to assist reforestation projects like Trees For TourismGreenpop, and Precious Tree Project. Switching to Ecosia will enable you to plant trees just by doing normal everyday web searches.

Be the change, be proactive, take action and channel positive energy into the critical environmental issues of today as they impact all life. Planting a tree or other plants does not only help add more precious life to our current fragile ecosystem, but also has immense health benefits for your physical and spiritual well-being. Nature heals. Nature restores. Nature soothes. Nature connects. Viva la treevolution and blessings to our precious Earth!

Seven indigenous trees as gorgeous in purple as the jacaranda

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