The first Earth Day was nearly five decades ago in 1970, founded by a young man in his 20’s with a vision for bringing a voice and awareness to the importance of protecting and preserving the environment. Denis Hayes helped launch a movement that spurred the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the passing of several laws erected to protect environmental policy to this day.
This year, Healthcare Waste Management has decided to take action as we countdown to Earth Day 2017 by contributing The Canopy Project. The Canopy Project, alongside the Earth Day Network, works with organizations around the world that strengthen communities by planting trees. “Using sapling and seed distribution, urban forestry, agroforestry, and tree care training, we have empowered rural and urban people alike to conserve, repair, and restore tree cover to their lands,” (The Canopy Project).
There are several reasons why planting trees are the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day. Trees improve the air quality as they produce oxygen. They also store carbon, offsetting harmful byproducts of fossil-fuel burning. They moderate the effects of sun and wind, as well as cleaning the air by trapping dust, pollen and other pollutants. Studies show that they increase property value, help people relax, and reduce stress levels overall. They also contribute to the recycling of raw materials, helping to generate jobs and the use and reuse of raw materials.
Between now and Earth Day (April 22, 2017), Healthcare Waste Management will plant five trees for every new customer, or new service added to our existing customers. In doing so, we hope to show our commitment to protecting and preserving the world we live in. Planting trees is one of the easiest ways you can take care of your community and contribute to a cleaner, healthier environment. You can learn more by checking out The Canopy Project, and helping them reach their goal of $150,000 in planted trees this year.