Eight-Millionth Tree Planted During Earth Week
McGuinty Government Providing Cleaner Air For Children And Grandchildren
Ontario planted the eight-millionth tree today as part of a commitment to plant 50 million new trees to help fight climate change and grow a greener, cleaner province.
Trees help clean the air our children and grandchildren breathe. They also help increase wildlife habitat, provide shade and help prevent flooding. These eight million trees will absorb enough carbon dioxide to clean the air of the emissions made by approximately 8,000 cars annually.
Working with Trees Ontario and its partners, Ontario is supporting large-scale tree planting by landowners - and encouraging Ontarians to plant more trees.
Protecting Ontario's environment is part of the government's Open Ontario Plan to build a stronger economy, clean up our air and create jobs, while protecting our families.
- This program is part of Ontario's commitment to the global United Nations' Billion Tree Campaign.
- More than 1,000 landowners have taken part in the 50 Million Tree program to date.
- Trees Ontario, working with its partners, is delivering the program through the largest, not-for-profit tree planting partnership in North America.
- The eight millionth tree was planted on a site in the Oak Ridges Moraine - one of over 93,000 trees to be planted at the site this year.
- Ontario is also phasing out dirty coal-fired power generation - currently down 90 per cent in the first three months of 2011, when compared to the same timeframe in 2003.
- Complete elimination of coal-fired power in Ontario by the end of 2014 will be like taking up to seven million cars off the road.
“Trees help fight climate change and clean the air our children and grandchildren breathe. They also providing places for birds to live and help provide shade for our homes. The 50 million trees we're planting will make our province a better place for generations to come.”
“I applaud everyone who is making an effort to fight climate change. Individual actions - whether it is taking public transit more often, fixing a dripping faucet or planting a tree - really do make a difference.”
“Trees Ontario is thrilled to continue being the lead delivery agent for the Ontario government's 50 Million Tree Program. As an organization, and on behalf of our partners, we are proud to be recognizing the planting of eight million trees under this program since its inception in 2007. We look forward to continue growing tree-planting levels province-wide in coming years and to planting 50 million trees by 2020 under this program.”
Robert H. Keen