I was around twelve when I celebrated my first Earth Day. I had a science teacher that taught us about ecology and the role trees play on soil retention and the water cycle. That spring, we all went out to plant a field full of pine trees. Since that day, I have learn much more about the earth, ecosystems, and the economics of planting trees. I have planted dozens of trees at home, mostly fruit trees for their sustenance and shade. Planting trees and Earth Day is forever linked in my mind from that day in middle school.
Trees produce shade, keeping us cooler in the summer months. Fruit trees can feed us and our families, and trees help reclaim and release atmospheric water. Keeping a healthy ecosystem is a smart idea since trees, shade, fruit and water help us maintain and improve our living conditions and quality of life.
The importance of trees to our economy and ecology is most apparent most in locations where the trees have been decimated. In Kenya, deforestation was reversed through the efforts of Wangari Maathai. She initiated a Green Belt Movement which has planted over 50 million trees rebuilding canopies of shade and rebuilding watersheds. There has also been an attempt to slow the encroachment of the Sahara through 'The Great Green Wall.'
Come celebrate Earth Day at one of our many locations.
- The High Springs Branch Library is offering an Earth Day Storytime on Thursday April 16th at 11 am.
- The Newberry Branch is offering an Earth Day: Plant a Seed Project Friday, April 13 2018, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
- Headquarters Branch, Youth Services Area is offering an Earth Day Celebration Wednesday, April 18 2018, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
- The Micanopy Branch is offering Upcycle Crafting Sunday, April 22 2018, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
- Waldo Branch is Celebrating Earth Day Sunday, April 22 2018, 2:00pm - 3:00pm