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DO GOOD World Forestry Day


I part the out thrusting branches
and come in beneath
the blessed and the blessing trees.
Though I am silent
there is singing around me.
Though I am dark
there is vision around me.
Though I am heavy
there is flight around me.

-Wendell Barry

It's a big week in the world of environmental causes. Today is World Forestry Day and tomorrow is World Water Day. No matter who you are, trees and water affect your life. 

World Forestry Day took root in 1971 at the 23rd General Assembly of the European Confederation of Agriculture. Gaining traction, it became recognized as a day to spread the awareness of the importance of the Earth's forests, the need for sustainable solutions and to advocate on behalf of preservation. 

Volunteer or donate to organizations dedicated to protecting forests. I suggest:

American Forests, the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the United States that advocates for the protection and expansion of forests.

Plant A Billion Trees, an organization that helps protect the Amazonian rainforest. 

Tree People, a nonprofit working to make Los Angeles greener one tree at a time.

Million Trees NYC, a citywide initiative that greens New York by planting trees. 

If you have a chance this weekend, take a hike and sit among the trees! Not only will it remind you of the beauty of the world, but it will remind you how fragile the planet is and how we must do our part.