CINCINNATI, OHIO (November 19, 2019) – This GivingTuesday, Ohio River foundation will celebrate by raising funds to plant trees in the Ohio River watershed.
GivingTuesday, which takes place December 3 this year, is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage giving and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Every year on GivingTuesday, millions of people across the globe (almost 60 countries) mobilize to show up, give back and change their communities. The goal is to create a massive wave of generosity that lasts well beyond that day and touches every person on the planet.
This GivingTuesday, Ohio River Foundation (ORF) has set an ambitious goal of raising $5,000 to plant 1,000 trees in 2020. ORF regularly plants trees and removes harmful invasive plants as part of its habitat restoration work. Such habitats are not only better for our native species, but they also lead to cleaner water thanks to reduced runoff. Additionally, planting trees can help fight climate change.
According to i-Tree (an effort of the USDA Forest Service, Davey Tree Expert Company, Arborday Foundation, Society of Municipal Arborists, International Society of Arboriculture, Casey Trees, and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry), just one red maple growing for 20 years in Ohio can: “remove 3,100 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere; reduce the emissions of 5,500 pounds of carbon dioxide and 30 pounds of air pollution from a power plant; save 570 kWh of electricity and 20 MMBtu of fuel for cooling and heating; intercept 27,000 gallons of rainfall and avoid 4,800 gallons of runoff; and filter 15 pounds of ozone, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur dioxide from the air we breathe.”
“We are excited to participate in GivingTuesday this year,” said Rich Cogen, ORF’s executive director. “Funds raised on this day will help us make a real difference to habitats and water quality in our region – something we strive for all year long.”