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Earth Day to Arbor Day 2016 at Tyler Arboretum

tylerearthday2016Happy Earth Day! This year, Tyler Arboretum has set up a unique format to this week-long celebration, April 22-29. This year, the Earth Day Network has established the international theme for Earth Day as “Trees for the Earth“, and Tyler Arborteum is encouraging everyone to come and check out their trees?

Why are “trees” the theme for this year’s Earth Day? The Earth Day Network highlights three of their reasons for choosing this focus:

(1) Trees help combat climate change
Trees absorb excess and harmful CO2 from our atmosphere. In fact, in a single year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the same amount of CO2 produced by driving the average car 26,000 miles.

(2) Trees help us breathe clean air
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.

(3) Trees help communities
Trees help communities achieve long-term economic and environmental sustainability and provide food, energy and income.

So… Tyler Arboretum wants YOU to celebrate their amazing and historic trees by taking your most creative, artistic or silly photos and sharing them on your favorite social media site (Facebook, Twitter, flickr, Instagram… you name it!).

How to participate: Visit Tyler Arboretum from Earth Day (Friday, April 22) to Arbor Day (Friday, April 29) and post your best photos on social media. Be sure to include the official hashtag #Trees4Earth and Tyler’s own hashtag #TylerEarthDay. Tyler will highlight some of the creative photos on their social media sites!

If you need some inspiration, try these fun approaches, as suggested by the Tyler staff:

• Show your best tree selfie
• Get artistic
• Abstract in nature
• Your unique perspective
• Groupies (matching outfits or costumes are encouraged)
• Tree as habitats: a wildlife safari

NOTE: Please remember to respect the trees and wildlife when staging and taking photos!

I made a quick trek to Tyler today to grab some official Earth Day photos (included below). But I’ll be back tomorrow on Saturday to “Meet the Kids” (the “green goats” from 11AM to 2PM). Looking forward to how everyone celebrates Tyler’s trees from Earth Day to Arbor Day!