Celebrating Earth Day 2016

Originally Published on April 4, 2016. Last Updated on April 19, 2016.

This year marks Earth Day’s 46th anniversary!

The idea for a national day to focus on the environment came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. On April 22,1970 (a day between students’ Spring Break and Final Exams), 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies.

Front Page of The New York Times, April 23, 1970


This year, we were inspired by Trees for the Future’s BIG goal to plant 4 million trees for Earth Day 2016.


Planting trees not only betters the environment and combats climate change, but with Trees for the Future’s Forest Garden Program, each donation helps improve the livelihoods of thousands of farming families across Africa. Each Forest Garden offsets tons (literally TONS) of carbon, provides nutritious food for families, and provides a sustainable income for these farmers.

Families are given the ability to transition from destructive farming techniques to a Forest Garden system that not only sustains and empowers them but changes their lives forever.

Learn more about Trees for the Future’s initiative and/or follow their Earth Day campaign with #letsgetplanting.

As a Trees for the Future partner…


Throughout the week of Earth Day, April 17-23, Trex® Outdoor Furniture™ will donate two trees for each item purchased on trexfurniture.com.

Prefer to donate directly? Check out Trees for the Future’s donation page.


As of 2015, we’ve planted 17,206 trees for consumer purchases. Let’s help Trees for the Future reach their goal of 4 million trees!



Read more about the History of Earth Day…


Sources: NY Times image & Earth Day facts |  Protestor  |

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