The first Arbor Day was celebrated in April 1854 when J. Sterling Morton proposed a tree-planting holiday. The first Earth Day was observed on April 22, 1970. Arbor Day (as stated on the Arbor Day website) "celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care." The focus of Earth Day is on the environment. These April holidays have their differences, but both are about helping our planet to be healthy and a better place.
If you go back to the post I wrote last year about Arbor Day, you can learn more about Arbor Day and take a quiz to determine which tree your personality most resembles! In that post, I mentioned a tiny pine tree
seedling I had received several years before from the Arbor Day Foundation. It was only a few inches tall when I planted it (according to their directions) in a sheltered spot against our house. It thrived, but the location was much too close the side of the house for a pine tree, so it was time last spring to replant it. I am so happy to report that it survived the winter, and is healthy and growing well in a new location on our hillside.
While Earth Day's focus is on the environment, it always reminds me of another pressing issue for our world. It won't do us much good to take care of issues like climate change, pollution, water scarcity, deforestation, and waste management if humans continue to wage wars against each other. We need to preserve our planet - and learn to share it peacefully with each other.
Have you ever planted a tree seedling and watched it grow tall?
What do you think is our worst environmental issue?
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