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1 in a Million Trees

Members of the Easingwold District Lions Club have made a contribution to the world wide campaign to plant 1 million trees and have started right here in Easingwold.The local District Lions Club paid for the new cherry tree to be planted in the Market Place to replace the one that was cut down earlier this year during the bad weather. Members, Alec Harbisher, John Sutherland, Peter Coomer and Neil Madden were there to give a helping hand and welcome the new addition to Easingwold.The campaign, which is headed by the Lions International President Wing-Kun Tam, is challenging Lions around the world to plant 1 million trees this year to demonstrate the strength of our global network and to help the environment. 1 million trees is not even one tree per member of the International Lions and they believe that they can accomplish their goal and subsequently accomplish anything. The campaign is to highlight the importance of the environment and community. President of our local District Lions Club, Alec Harbisher said “Lions clubs from around the world have been committed to protecting the environment for several decades and we understand that every small effort makes a big difference. That’s why we are doing our part to reach our goal of planting a million trees,” There are more benefits then you might think to planting a tree. Trees are often referred to as the ‘Lungs’ of our planet. They breathe in Carbon Dioxide and breathe out Oxygen, reduce erosion, save soil, preserve local water sources and provide shelter for wildlife. They may not be important issues in Easingwold but in other countries they are dependent on new trees growing.Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with 1.35 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in 206 countries and geographical areas around the world.  Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to sight preservation and community service throughout the world.Let’s hope that more trees and planted and the local and international Lions keep helping the world. One tree in Easingwold will make a difference.Amie Atkinson


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