“Until you dig a hole, you plant a tree, you water it and make it survive, you haven’t done a thing. You are just talking.”
― Wangari Maathai

Happy belated World Environmental Day from Team Project Jatropha! The first World Environmental Day was celebrated on June 5, 1973, to commemorate the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, also known as the Stockholm Conference, which was held from June 5 to June 16, 1972, in Stockholm, Sweden. The conference was held to raise awareness about the importance of preserving the environment and address the ecological issues faced by the planet and to promote ecological changes and sustainable practices. I had the opportunity to participate in a tree-planting event, coordinated by Urban Forest Friends, at the Newark Community Park on Saturday, June 8, to honor World Environmental Day. We had a total of 38 volunteers to plant FIFTEEN new trees, adding up to a total of 101 new trees planted in Newark. The trees we planted yesterday were 3 Maple “Red Sunset” trees, 3 Silver Maple (large 24″ box) trees, 3 Coast Live Oak trees, 2 Southern Magnolia “Little gem” trees, 2 Crepe Myrtle “Cherokee” trees, 1 Linden “Greenspire Littleleaf” tree, and 1 Sawtooth Zelkova tree. The benefits of trees to the environment is that they combat climate change, prevent pollution by cleaning the air and removing toxic gasses such as nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide, regulate the water cycle, provide oxygen for us to breathe, and prevent soil erosion. Please find a tree planting program in your community and please get involved as the program tends to have a significant impact on the environment, and its benefits extend to both the environment and ecosystem.