Support Earth Day Through the Canopy Project

April 22, 2021

Right now, climate change is having serious effects on this planet. We are seeing a major loss of sea ice, an increase in droughts, and even changes in the ocean’s chemistry. One major cause of climate change is deforestation. Because trees absorb CO2 from the atmosphere, when people remove trees for agriculture and development, the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere increases. According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, almost 18 million acres of forests are lost every year, and almost half of Earth’s tropical forests have been cleared already.

Seneca Park Zoo believes it is important to protect the planet by saving these forests. Reforestation is one of the easiest and most important actions we can take to help solve climate change. Trees act as carbon sinks by absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere, keeping the air clean for local communities. Reforestation programs not only help maintain habitats for a variety of species, but also help stabilize the land from erosion and natural disasters and promote economic development in local communities.

So, what can you do to help? Join us at Seneca Park Zoo to help raise funds for The Canopy Project; for every $1 donated, one tree will be planted!

The Canopy Project has planted trees across the globe. Currently they are working on projects in Madagascar, Sierra Gorda in Mexico, the Mt. Elgon region in Uganda and the foothills of the Himalayas in India. A lot goes into picking these planting sites. Coordinators consider the following when choosing locations: urgency to protect biodiversity, threats to the location from climate change and environmental disasters, development of local communities, cost-effectiveness, and accessibility. Local communities benefit from planting sites as it creates new jobs learning how to care for and maintain the forests for future generations. Many species of trees that are planted also provide fruit and other resources for communities.

Help us reach our goal of planting 500 trees with the Canopy Project! By working together, we can make positive changes for both people and animals around the world. Stay tuned all week to learn other ways you can help protect the planet for future generations to enjoy.

– Randi Krieger, Zoo Keeper

Photo by Dave Mezzoprete