National Tree Day is an Australia-wide community tree planting event that has been supported by different units of the SSIO for some years. The day is one of environmental action with an emphasis is placed on the panting of trees and shrubs to beautify our environment and to increase wildlife habitat and biodiversity. Environmental rehabilitation is another focus of the day. Various activities are being arranged by individual regions and groups of the SSIO as well as a number by the Young Adults Program. All are welcome to join in these activities.
We know that Planet Earth is suffering as humankind has spread out over the natural environment converting it to its own purposes, exploiting the resources in unsustainable ways and squeezing out the habitats of the other creatures who share our world. The consequences have been dire in many instances and we are currently facing an environmental crisis which promises to place unimaginable strains on the quality of life for our future generations as well as leading to mass extinctions of different lifeforms. Tree planting is a small step towards ameliorating this situation and giving back to those creatures we have displaced. Of course, it is only one part of changing our ways of life to a more sustainable and less wasteful approach.
National Tree Day was founded in 1996 by Planet Ark and Olivia Newton-John. It has now grown into Australia’s largest community tree planting and nature protection event. Many units of the SSIO Australia support this initiative for which Planet Ark is asking Australians to help plant one million new native trees and shrubs across the country.
Planet Ark advises National Tree Day is a call to action for all Australians to put their hands in the earth and give back to their community. Each year, about 300,000 people volunteer their time to engage in environmental activities that educate individuals about the world around them. It’s a day to venture outdoors and get to know your community, and most importantly, to have fun!
Program: National Tree Day – 2019
When: Sunday, 28 July 2019
Where: Please refer to the flyers available for download below or check with the local SSIO Group listed in the LOCATIONS
What to bring: Wear suitable clothing, enclosed shoes, hat and a water bottle. Tools and equipment may be provided or may be needed. Please check with the group you intend working with.