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Earth Day 2022: Free Trees to Help Heal Our Planet

The following was a press release on April 17, 2022:

Waco, TX.-- The Waco Friends of the Climate announces an event in honor of Earth Day, entitled Earth Day 2022:  Free Trees to Help Heal Our Planet.  500 tree seedlings will be distributed, free of charge, at the Downtown Farmer's Market, Saturday, April 23, from 9am until 5pm, or until all trees are given out.  The trees are Eastern Redcedar (Juniperus virginiana), selected because they are evergreen and rapid growers, making them good carbon sinks, helping to combat climate change.  In addition, Texas A&M Forest Service recommends this tree for McLennan County.  The Eastern Redcedar is medium in size when fully grown, drought and salty soil tolerant, and the blue berries are eaten by birds.  The tree has fibrous, shredding bark, and may serve as a windbreak.  The males produce pollen.  Care instructions will be provided and follow-up information from those planting the trees will be requested. 

The most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Assessment Report 6 (AR6). warned that "unless there are immediate and deep emissions reductions across all sectors, 1.5°C is beyond reach.”  With warming above 1.5C, the climate impacts are projected to be catastrophic.  This report emphasizes that time to act is running out.  Although slashing greenhouse gas emissions is the most important step, increasing carbon sinks is also important, including planting new trees and preserving current forests. The goal of this project is to thus increase Waco's carbon sink by adding trees to the current stock.  An annual distribution is anticipated. 

Contact: 
Alan D. Northcutt, M.D.
254.744.1682
anorthc@aol.com


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