Go Green! Plant a tree!
Today is the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, dedicated to increasing awareness of our environment and the things we can do to promote environmental health. The celebration has been lost in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the inability of groups to gather. So how do you celebrate when there is no way to celebrate.
First, you must consider what is the true purpose of the event. It is not to get together in a park and hug trees. It is actually a call to action to help the environment. This is especially difficult with some recycling centers closed. It’s hard to be green.
So, what is your action? I have an idea for you to help the environment AND help our community AND help veterans! This is a triple win.
Several years ago, Quincy Trees for Tomorrow, a recognized 501c3 charity, began a project to ‘Rebuild the Canopy’ in Quincy. This effort planted hundreds of trees along city streets to replace trees that were lost or damaged over the years in hopes of restoring the beauty of Quincy’s great tree lined streets. While the canopy has not been completed, it is now up to Mother Nature as the trees are in place, many of them beginning to acquire some substantial size.
Recently the group decided to tackle another area of tree planting at the Illinois Veterans’ Home. Donations topping $23,000 have resulted in 65 trees having already been planted, mostly around Lake Illinois and the All Wars Museum. The ultimate goal is to plant 500 trees, mostly Yoshino Cherry and Royal Raindrop Crabapple trees, much like those in Washington, DC. What a spectacular future this will leave for generations to view.
So, the action you can take this year on Earth Day is donate to ‘Trees for Patriots.’ The trees cost about $350 each, so a lot of money is needed. If you cannot pay for an entire tree, that is just fine. Donations will be bundled to finish the job, just as it was with “Rebuild the Canopy.’ Show your pride and appreciation for all our brave military men and women and do your part to celebrate Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary.
To quote the old proverb, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
Quincy Trees for Tomorrow
1637 York Street
Quincy, IL 62301