Free Seedling Distribution | Planting Trees for Covid Victims
Saturday, October 24, 2020
12:30 PM - 03:00 PM
George Mason University Lot P
6552 University Drive, Fairfax, VA, USA 22030
Gallant Gold Media is distributing 300 FREE redbud and button bush seedlings — which were provided by Fairfax ReLeaf (thank you so much) — on Saturday, October 24, 2020 between 12:30 -3 PM at GMU (the original time was 12 noon, but all the time slots between 12 - 12:30 are now taken). The seedlings are for Fairfax County residents, so that homeowners and businesses throughout Fairfax County can plant trees and bushes this fall to remember all those in our community who've been lost to covid. You must register in advance, though. First come first serve, so please register ASAP.
When registering, please message us through "Contact Organizer" the number of seedlings you'd like as well as the time between 12-3 PM that you'll pick up.
The bare root seedlings are small, only knee high, and will come in a plastic bag that will be taped at top to keep the damp paper that will be enabling the roots to remain moist, along with the dirt remnants, inside the bag.
There’s never been a more important time to plant trees than right now. With massive wildfires scorching millions of acres of forests across the western United States, to the ongoing need to cut atmospheric carbon levels in order to reduce global warming, trees are now more important than ever for sustaining human life on our planet. The only way our children will have mature trees tomorrow, is if we plant seedlings today.
At the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland in January 2020, hundreds of nations across the globe committed to planting a trillion trees by 2050. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization’s 2016 ranking, the United States is 33.93 percent forested area. Sadly, prior to Davos, the United States was hovering well below its potential for tree planting despite how much room we have to plant trees. Canada on the other hand, has been a top performer, planting 500 million trees in 2019. During this same year, the US National Forest Foundation planted 5 million trees, nearly double their 2018 total, which is aggressive, but a long way off Canada’s 500 million. There doesn’t appear to be a national data base keeping track of US totals that incorporates tree planting in local communities on private property, so the total number of trees planted in US for any given year is difficult to calculate. But what we do know, is that the US chopped down 36 million trees in 2019, and in 2020, in addition to the millions of leveled trees we ax on an annual basis, we lost 30 billion mature trees in the West Coast wildfires, which is staggering.
Ethiopia is a 2020 tree planting champion, succeeding at putting 350 million trees in the ground in 12 hours this past July 2020. The US needs to rush to catch up. In most states, trees can only be planted a few months out of the year. There’s a window in both the spring and the fall. Thus, it’s vitally important that we take advantage of each and every opportunity. Homeowners have to be the drivers of our national tree planting efforts if we’re going to succeed.
Planting a tree for love, whether that be to remember someone whose life was cut short unexpectedly — from covid, gun violence, wildfires and other natural disasters, a car accident, cancer, and multiple other tragedies — or for someone living who is struggling to get through tough times and needs a big dose of hope, are great ways of showing empathy and letting others know we care. It also motivates us into action. This wonderful way of keeping spirits alive helps families and communities heal while at the same time saving the planet.
TREES for LOVE | COVID VICTIMS
Please remember me
By planting a tree
There is no Planet B…
So let my life cut short by tragedy
Help to save humanity
What better way to Rest in Peace
~Remember Me Tree Campaign,
by Gallant Gold Media
We'll be following strict covid guidelines. Distribution will be super quick, recipients won't even need to get out of the car. Just pop the trunk and we'll place the seedling in the back. The Fairfax Tree Commission is providing a Tree Basics Booklet and we have extensive information on our website: www.gallantgold.com/trees
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