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Arbor Day (or Arbour in some countries) is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant trees. Today, many countries observe such a holiday. Though usually observed in the spring, the date varies, depending on climate and suitable planting season.
Arbor Day was founded in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska City, Nebraska. By the 1920s, each state in the United States had passed public laws that stipulated a certain day to be Arbor Day or Arbor and Bird Day observance.
The customary observance is to plant a tree. On the first Arbor Day, April 10, 1872, an estimated one million trees were planted.
In recent years, planting trees has become a major topic in the global discussion regarding climate and the environment. How many people know that there is a global commitment to plant ONE TRILLION TREES? http://1trilliontrees.org/
That number is just mind-boggling. Seriously… follow the link. It’s happening.
Thinking about that goal, I am reminded of a John Denver song that has apparently burrowed its roots deeply into my brain. It’s from an Arbor Day PSA dating back to about 1991. I am sad that Mr. Denver passed away far too young in 1997. I would very much love to hear him sing a follow-up tune of “Alright Guys, That’s Enough Trees” or something along those lines.
In any case, enjoy.