Happy 40th (B)Earthday!
We’re honoring the 40th anniversary of Earth Day this year with 140+ community service projects across the globe – planned and executed by 7,600 eager and enthusiastic Earthkeepers. That’s one mother of a celebration!
Here are just a few of the ways in which we’re pulling on our boots to make a difference around the world:
- In the Dominican Republic, nearly 600 Timberland employees and more than 800 community volunteers will join forces to plant 18,000 trees in the communities of Sajoma and Santiago (that’s more than 12 trees per person!).
- Working with the local chapter of the National FFA Association, 100 volunteers in Newfields, NH (close to our corporate headquarters) will design and plant a sustainable landscape at the historic town library and construct raised garden beds to enhance a community garden.
- As part of our ongoing (9 years and counting) commitment to reforestation in China, 200 volunteers will plant 600 trees in Beijing. The Earth Day tree planting will serve as a warm-up for when we plant our one millionth tree in China’s Horqin Desert in August.
In 40 years’ time, Earth Day has gone from radical environmental protest to mainstream movement engaging millions … but at the same time, the threat of critical impact from global warming is greater now than ever. While it’s good news that more and more people are actively engaging in Earth Day, even more important is active engagement on a constant basis. Here’s how you can help:
- Search for volunteer opportunities in your own community on Volunteermatch.org
- Sign the Earth Day 2010 Climate Declaration to demand a comprehensive climate bill from Congress
- Register to become an official Earthkeeper and join an online community chock full of inspiring individuals who are all about creating a more sustainable and livable world.
Stay tuned for photos, videos and first-hand accounts from our Earth Day events worldwide!