PRESIDENT Joe Biden vowed to make changes amid climate crisis.
Since its announcement, events like Arbor Day seem all the more important.
What is Arbor Day?
Arbor Day is a national awareness day dedicated to trees and the important role they play in the environment.
The word arbor can be translated as “tree”.
Similar to Earth Day, the purpose is to educate and encourage people to plant trees and create a better environment for the world.
Trees play an important role in our ecosystem as they provide oxygen, store carbon and stabilize the soil.
When is Arbor Day 2022?
Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April.
This year it is celebrated on April 29th.
Despite the national recognition of the day, many states celebrate the day at different times throughout the year.
It is usually observed throughout the year depending on when it is best to plant trees in their area.
Who Founded Arbor Day?
J. Sterling Morton, a Nebraska resident and editor of the Nebraska newspaper, was a lover of trees and was a strong advocate for planting them statewide.
On January 4, 1872, Morton proposed a tree-planting leave after becoming Secretary of the Nebraska Territory.
The holiday became what is now known as Arbor Day.
The first celebration date was April 10, 1872, and more than 1 million trees are estimated to have been planted in the state, according to the official history page for the holiday.
Arbor Day was declared a public holiday in Nebraska in 1885.
In 1970, under the pro-environmental administration of President Richard Nixon, it was officially recognized as a national holiday along with the passage of the Clean Air Act.
Today the holiday is celebrated in all 50 states.
How to celebrate Arbor Day?
In typical years, Arbor Day has been celebrated with volunteering opportunities and community events, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, hosting large community events is frowned upon.
The Arbor Day Foundation recommends six ways to celebrate the day in COVID-19 times.
- Hike through a forest
- Online nature learning
- drawing trees
- Crafts from nature
- Order/plant a tree
- Become a member of the Arbor Day Foundation.
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