Arbor day is a holiday that was started in the 1870s in Nebraska. It is a day when individuals and groups are encouraged to plant trees.
It is now celebrated throughout the world. Many countries hold it on different days of the year, all with the same purpose.
With climate change becoming a greater and greater problem, and with its effects still unknown and potentially life threatening to many of the remaining species on this planet (we are already in a mass extinction phase and have lost more species than we have for hundreds of thousands of years), the importance of planting trees is higher than ever.
Trees provide us with oxygen and they also help to absorb the CO2 in the atmosphere, which is one of the leading greenhouse gases, trapping heat and creating global warming.
The Arbor Day Foundation is a US based organisation that was established in nineteen seventy two and supports the planting of trees in the United States.
The arbor day foundation encourages cities to become what are known as a Tree City USA. There are a number of criteria required to become one of these, and a number of benefits.
Please visit www.arborday.org for more information.