Christ Lutheran School students headed outside Friday afternoon to pitch in, pitch a little dirt, and open up another branch office for Mother Nature in honor of Arbor Day. With help from staff at Sterling Public Works and McCormick's Nursery and Garden Center, students planted a tree at the Sterling school. The school was one of five in the city to celebrate Arbor Day with a tree planting Friday – and they’re not alone in recognizing the role that trees play. The Arbor Day Foundation has launched the Time For Trees Initiative to plant 100 million trees in forests and communities around the world by 2022, the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day.
According to the foundation, over their lifespan,100 million trees are estimated to:
• Absorb 8 million tons of carbon, the equivalent of taking 6.2 million cars off the road for 1 year.
• Intercept and filter 7.1 billion cubic meters of water runoff, enough to fill the water bottle of every person on Earth every day for 5 years.
• Filter 15,850 tons of microscopic airborne particulate matter out of the air – that would fill nine Olympic-sized swimming pools.
• Remove 578,000 tons of chemical air pollution from our atmosphere, enough pollution to fill 70,000 Goodyear blimps.
• Provide $32.9 billion in total environmental benefits, the equivalent of the operating budget for the entire city of Chicago for about 10 years.
Go to timefortrees.org to learn more about the initiative.