Rotary Loves Trees
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  • Trees sequester carbon (CO2), reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere that contribute to climate change. You need about 500 full-sized trees to absorb the carbon dioxide produced by a typical car driven 20,000 km/year.

  • An average size tree produces enough oxygen in one year to keep a family of four breathing.

  • Three trees planted in the right place around buildings can cut air-conditioning costs up to 50 percent.

  • Trees provide shelter and food for wildlife such as birds, squirrels, and bugs. Groves of trees provide food and cover for larger mammals, such as raccoons and deer.

  • Trees absorb odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.

  • Excess carbon dioxide (CO2) is building up in our atmosphere, contributing to climate change. Trees absorb CO2, removing and storing the carbon while releasing oxygen back into the air. In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the same amount of CO2 produced when you drive your car 26,000 miles.

Tree Planting at Township Park

A Community Effort to Support the Environment

On September 23, Rotary Loves Trees, (RLT) helped lead a great community effort to support the local environment. With the enthusiastic participation of community members including many residents of the neighbourhood, RLT and its planting partners, the City of Belleville Green Task Force, Quinte Conservation and TD Tree Days,  planted  500 trees in Township Park. In total over 100 volunteer planters helped with the planting.

RLT, with the generous support of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and with the help of 40 Rotarians, their family members, friends and work colleagues, contributed 200 trees to the plant. The City of Belleville Green Task Force supplied a further 300 trees.

More trees in the park will help create a natural barrier to the noise and traffic pollution from the highways bordering the park. The planting will make the park a prettier and healthier spot for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Supporting the Environment is one of Rotary International’s Areas of Focus for its efforts  to “Create Hope in the World”.

Rotary Loves Trees was launched in 2020 to help celebrate the 100th birthday of the Belleville Rotary Club, with the objective of planting 50,000 trees in the City of Belleville. To date RLT has directly planted just over 6,000 trees and its planting partners have contributed  almost 5,000 more.