The Climate Change Coalition of Door County (CCCDC), with support from the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s Environmental Justice Action Team, has distributed more than 400 young trees for its fall tree planting project, working with partners across the county to expand local woodlands and combat climate change.
Nine other area churches — five Stella Maris Roman Catholic congregations, Ephraim and Sister Bay Moravian, Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran,and St. Luke’s Episcopal — combined with the Boys and Girls Club, the Northern Door Child Care Center, Peninsula Preschool and the Ridges Sanctuary in the project. Additionally, the CCCDC is working with county businesses to add trees to their properties.
The Coalition extends grateful thanks to all who partnered in this project. “Since 2016, CCCDC and its many partners have planted more than 10,000 trees across the county,” said Mary Smythe, Coalition Steering Committee co-chair. “These partners are the reason we’ve been so successful, and we’re very grateful.”
The trees are all native varieties, including balsam fir, red and white pine, white and black spruce. All are able to withstand the warming temperatures that climate change will bring.
The distribution began Sept. 8 and concludes Sept. 27. The Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership donated $1000 for the trees’ purchase.
Planting trees is one of the most effective ways to help the environment. Trees provide essential habitat, clear pollution from the air, prevent soil erosion, protect groundwater, and reduce energy consumption through windbreaks and shading.
Perhaps most importantly, trees are the lungs of the Earth, breathing in carbon dioxide and breathing out the oxygen on which life depends. By this sequestering of carbon dioxide, they are thus a critical way to address climate change, caused in large part by excessive carbon dioxide produced by burning fossil fuels.
The Climate Change Coalition of Door County is a non-partisan organization that through education, outreach and civil dialogue increases public understanding of climate change and its many detrimental impacts at home and around the world. Your donation for the Climate Change Coalition to our fiscal agent, Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership, is tax-deductible as allowed by law. Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership is a 501(c)(3) organization.