Get your hands dirty to help the planet

| July 21, 2013

28 July is National Tree Day, Australia’s biggest community tree-planting and nature care event. All Australians are asked to plant and care for native trees and shrubs to help improve the environment. National Tree Day was co-founded by Olivia Newton-John and Planet Ark in 1996. Since then more than 2.8 million people have planted over 17 million native trees and shrubs.

The organisers of National Tree Day hope that the event inspires Australians of all ages to actively care about the environment. It aims to educate the public about the importance of native plants being planted locally, which can help combat the impact of climate change.

Another important issue is to plant for biodiversity and thus ensure genetic variety. This can help in preventing pests and diseases, provide sources of new medicines and generally support a strong ecosystem that can adapt to changing climate conditions.

Community groups, sport clubs, schools and families are encouraged to plant a seedling – be it in a backyard or on a balcony, a rooftop or along the street. All officially registered National Tree Day events have the chance to win a nature getaway.

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