The American Evergreen Foundation has teamed with Critter Joe’s who offers online pet products and supplies. The plan is simple as can be; Critter Joe’s is matching AEF on every online sale with the goal to plant a tree with ever purchase. Raising funds for important environmental projects is very challenging in a world where the environment is taken for granted. AEF’s Conservation through Participation projects brings people and communities together with projects that educate and at the same time, in this case plants trees which we all benefit from.
The team at AEF wants to thank and welcome Critter Joe’s Pet World and look forward to building a strong and long lasting relationship.
Why Plant Trees?
Trees have always been a key symbol of the environmental movement and there are many like-minded organisations devoting considerable time and energy to planting trees. However, a valid question to pose to any tree planting organisation is why dedicate time and resources to plant trees? Some reasons to justify this are obvious, some not so. Below are some key factors that attempt to show trees are more than a token symbol of environmentalism, they are in fact key components to global ecosystems.
Trees act as natural filters of our air. Through the process of photosynthesis trees absorb carbon dioxide (a key greenhouse gas and principle contributor to global warming) from the atmosphere and store the carbon in their trunk, branches, leaves, roots, soil and foliage, while releasing oxygen back into the atmosphere. The debate about the use of trees for climate change mitigation has been somewhat heated over recent times, however there is a solid consensus emerging from sound scientific studies that under certain conditions trees do provide a viable means for the net removal of CO2 from the atmosphere.
Trees Produce Oxygen
A fundamental requirement for all animals is a supply of oxygen. Through the process of photosynthesis, trees and other vegetation supply us with this vital gas. One mature tree produces enough oxygen for 10 people to inhale in a year.
Trees improve biodiversity and provide habitat for wildlife
Up to 90% of all terrestrial animals live in association with forest habitats. In simple terms, the less trees the less viable habitat for many species. This will ultimately lead to species extinction, first locally and in many cases globally. Through the restoration of native forest you are providing new or improved habitat for a number of animal species that rely on forests for food and shelter. The animal diversity not only improves in areas that have undergone restoration; plant life equally benefits. Once a framework of tree species is established nature takes over and many additional plant and tree species will regenerate naturally through actions such as seed dispersal facilitated by the increased presence of birds and mammals.
The removal of trees from the landscape can have disastrous repercussions in terms of making such areas more prone to landslide. Erosion control most frequently involves the planting of tree, shrub or grass species. The roots of the vegetation bind the soil and prevent erosion.
The instance of flash flooding has been shown to be reduced by the presence of forests. Also in areas prone to drought the addition of trees to the landscape can aid in the conservation of precious water resources. Trees slow down water runoff after periods of heavy rainfalls and help to recharge underground water-holding aquifers.
We plant trees so if you do not have the time we are happy to plants trees in your name, company, family name we are happy to get the job done. Learn how you can help
There are many benefits to volunteering in the community! Here are just a few:
Build Your Skills and Your Resume
Community work is a great way to build your resume and your skills. When you volunteer, you’ll have the guidance of employees who are specialists in their fields.
Develop a Career Network
Networking is an incredibly important part of searching for jobs and building careers. Community involvement is one of the best ways to make connections and foster relationships that do just that. Not only will you build a network, many students who volunteer at an organization are offered permanent positions after graduation.
Enhance Your Education
One of the best ways to learn is through experience. What better way to gain experience than to work at an organization hand-picked to fit your needs and interests? Many educational experiences can’t be taught in a classroom.
Create Positive Change in Your Community
Nonprofit organizations are the driving force behind social change. Everything from local, grassroots activism to international politics requires the efforts of nonprofit organizations. And nonprofits can’t function without the energy and input of volunteers like you.
Be a Part of Your Community
Community involvement is one of the best ways to feel connected to your community. By the simple gesture of offering your skills and enthusiasm, you will positively impact other lives, as well as your own.
Now get out there a make a difference
Check the internet for a local group that needs your knowledge, and people power for important projects. Make it a point to at the least volunteer one time a year or more.
The American Evergreen Foundation is a proud supporter of wind energy and working hard to help get the word out. Wind energy plays an integral role in California’s electricity portfolio. In 2007, turbines in wind farms generated 6,802 gigawatt-hours of electricity – about 2.3 percent of the state’s gross system power. Additionally, hundreds of homes and farms are using smaller wind turbines to produce electricity.
Visit California Renewable Energy Center for the latest updates
On Tuesday, April 2nd, the Senate Committee on Natural Resources will hear the Save Tahoe Bill, which calls for the total repeal of SB271.
Special interests are fighting to remove 40 years of environmental protections from one of the most beautiful and fragile bodies of water in the world. If we can make sure that our legislators know that Nevadans care deeply about this issue, and that we stand with them, it won’t matter what those interests do. We can win this fight. But only if we act.
If you haven’t done so yet, please click on the “act now” button and tell the members of the committee to vote Yes on SB229, the Save Tahoe Bill. Forward the message to your friends.
We need to show up in force for this one. Attend the Tuesday’s hearing if you can, or watch it through the Nevada Legislature’s online feed. Follow @NVconservation as we live-tweet the hearings. Share our Facebook posts that link to this email action. Sign our petition.
It’s go time. Pass it on.