Celebrating Earth Day!

Earth Day is celebrated every year on 22 April. Today, people around the world are helping protect our planet by cleaning up their communities, planting trees, contacting elected officials to urge support for environmental protection, or otherwise showing their support for renewable energy and conservation.

RI President Ian H.S. Riseley is challenging all 1.2 million Rotarians to take action this Earth Day by planting a tree. Below are a just few examples of clubs in action:

  • The Rotary Club of Abuja Life Camp in Nigeria planted trees at their adopted primary school and encouraged the students/teachers to participate. Each student/teacher had the opportunity to adopt a tree with a Rotarian, and were encouraged to check-in on their trees in the future.
  • The Rotary Club of Gezira Sporting in Egypt planted 2,500 trees in 37 schools in the city of El Fayoum. The project provided nearly 1480 students and the surrounding community a nicer view and reduced the pollution, helping create a healthier environment.
  • The Rotaract Club of Parbat in Nepal partnered with the Rotary Clubs of Parbat (Nepal) and Branchubrg (New Jersey, USA) to plant trees in Durlum Court, Parbat. Five Rotary Friendship Exchange members donated funds to plant the 50 trees.
  • The Rotaract Club from the University of Michigan is working to restore wetlands of New Orleans. Members spent their spring break potting 2,000 cypress saplings and irises trees, planting buttonbush, cypress, and California bulrush plants in the marshes.

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Share your stories on social media using the #pledgetoplant hashtag and on Rotary Showcase in the environment category. Learn more about why President Riseley wants Rotary members to plant trees.

Need help with your tree-planting projects? The Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group offers ideas on how to get started and a free, downloadable tree-planting brochure.

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