How to Plant 10,000 Trees in One Day

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From the inside, I'll admit, the planting felt somewhat haphazard (I never did find out what kind of trees we were planting, though I was assured they were indigenous), but at the end of the morning, when I looked back at the tiny trees scattered throughout the valley, I realized what we'd accomplished.

"Ten Thousand Trees, One Day," is how my traveling companion (and UNEP WED blog contest winner) Tuesday Phillips succinctly put it in the headline of her blog post about the experience. To date, UNEP's Billion Tree campaign has planted more than 10 billion trees planet-wide.

The UN has declared 2010 the International Year of Diversity, and, as such, the theme for World Environment Day this year followed suit, with the tagline "Many Species. One Planet. One Future."

Photo: Meaghan O'Neill

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