New York Planted Its One Millionth Tree With The Hopes Of Stopping Climate Change
New York City will be celebrating its one millionth tree being planted in the effort of stopping climate change. The tree in question is a 25-foot tall, 6,500-pound, eight-year-old lacebark elm,which will be planted in Joyce Kilmer Park sometime this year. This event is so important for the Big Apple that both the Mayor Bill de Blasio and former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will be nearby when it’s planted in the ground.
As the New York Times reports, the monumental achievement is part of a 2007 initiative called MillionTreesNYC, which is a partnership between the city and the New York Restoration Project. Together, they planned to plant a million trees throughout the city by 2017. In awesome fashion, they’re two years ahead of schedule! The campaign increased the city’s total tree population by about 20%.
Mayor de Blasio said in a statement: “Each of these trees is a symbol of our city’s efforts to build a more resilient and equitable city for New Yorkers across the five boroughs. This one millionth tree planting highlights what New Yorkers can do when we work together for the greater good of our city.”
It is a good effort on behalf of the city and its citizens. Given the fact that we’re losing on average about 10 billion trees per year, every bit helps. It is also estimated that on average, a person can cover its entire carbon footprint just by planting 10 trees. Now, given New York’s population of about 8.5 million people and its 6 million trees, the city has a bit of a road ahead of it if it wants to become “emissions free”. Nevertheless, it’s on the right track.
The planting event was to take place on October 21st, but it was moved to a later date.