The Issue: Carbon Emissions in the Air
The United States has produced about six billion metric tons of carbon emissions from energy consumption every year for the past decade, according to data from the US Energy Information Administration. Thanks to the plant kingdom's natural process of offsetting carbon emissions by converting carbon dioxide into oxygen, planting one tree is comparable to taking 40 cars off the road for an entire year.
The Campaign: Planting Native Trees Across the Country
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by National Wildlife Federation (NWF) to plant native trees as part of its Trees for Wildlife program. For every $10 raised, NWF can plant and care for one tree with help from students in underserved schools. Students will care for each tree during its critical first year of growth, and as the tree matures, it will help offset carbon emissions and provide a habitat for wildlife. By working with students, NWF teaches youth in underserved communities about trees and their importance in the ecosystem.
National Wildlife Federation
Iowa cartoonist Ding Darling was an avid waterfowl hunter when the Dust Bowl swept through the prairie. Frustrated by the destruction, he appealed to then-President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who appointed him head of the U.S. Biological Survey. He created the Federal Duck Stamp to raise money for waterfowl management, but wanted a bigger stick to tackle the problem of wildlife conservation. Then in 1936, Darling convinced the president to invite more than 2,000 hunters, anglers, and conservationists to the first North American Wildlife Conference, where they created the General Wildlife Federation to help protect the environment.
Today under a different name, National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest conservation organization, having inspired people to protect wildlife for our children’s future for more than 75 years. NWF focuses on connecting kids with nature, stopping carbon pollution, and protecting and restoring wildlife habitats. The organization represents the power and commitment of 4 million members and supporters joined by 48 state affiliates across the country.
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