I just returned from a wonderful vacation with my family down in St. John. The island is primarily a national park and is filled with the most incredible plants, trees, and some very entertaining donkeys that wander around nibbling on grass.
I stumbled on these incredible common fishtail palm trees (Caryota) with their long tails that look like a horse's mane or a bushy ponytail. So interesting looking and unexpected. Nature never ceases to amaze me.
Trees add so much to our lives from cleaning our air, providing shelter for wildlife, and adding beauty to our streets and towns. So, as we get closer to celebrating the beginning of Spring, I wanted to highlight some inspirational people and programs focused on planting trees around the world.
Plant for the Planet is a continuation of the amazing work of Nobel Peace Laureate winner Professor Wangari Maathia, who created the Billion Tree Campaign. (Watch this moving video about Maathia’s work.) I love her quote: “It is the little things that citizens do. That’s what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees.” Plant for the Planet picks up the original goals of Maathia. Also see the work spearheaded by 9-year-old Felix Finkbeiner, a true inspiration.
The Nature Conservancy's Plant a Billion Trees campaign invites us to help replant the Atlantic Forest in Brazil. This rainforest is currently just 12 percent as big as it used to be, and only 7 percent of that is well conserved! One dollar plants one tree.
Million Trees NYC is a public-private program to plant and care for one million new trees in the five boroughs of New York City in the next five years. There are many ways to get involved planting, caring, or donating to the mission. If you are in the NYC area on April 21st, 100 trees will be planted in conjunction with JetBlue. See more details on how to get involved.
And don’t forget to get outside and spend some time among the trees. Happy Spring!