THE LEAFLET

July 25, 2022 /
Christina Hester

World Conservation Day

Celebrated annually on July 28, World Nature Conservation Day acknowledges that a healthy environment is the foundation for a stable and healthy society. Here at Casey Trees, we understand that many facets make conservation, and each one is vitally important to protecting the natural spaces of our planet. In honor of World Conservation Day, we want to highlight some other people and groups worldwide fighting to secure the environment’s future. 

Jadav Payeng, also known as the “Forest Man of India,” has been planting trees daily since 1979. At 16 years old, he witnessed the detrimental effect of drought along the Majuli Reserve (the world’s largest river island located in the Brahmaputra River in India.) After seeing hundreds of dead snakes due to the lack of resources at the reserve, he knew something had to be done. Now over 40 years later, his forest covers 1,390 acres—approximately the size of 15 football stadiums. Jadav left behind his formal education to give all his attention to the forest. 

Wangari Maathai was a Kenyan activist, the first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate, and the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize. In 1976, while she was serving in the National Council of Women, Professor Maathai introduced the idea of community-based tree planting. She continued to develop this idea into a broad-based grassroots organization, the Green Belt Movement (GBM), whose main focus is poverty reduction and environmental conservation through tree planting. Since its creation, over 51 million trees have been planted and thousands of women have been trained in forestry and other related fields. 

In Pennsylvania, Mindy Maslin is the founder and director of Tree Tenders, as well as the Program Manager-Trees for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS); Mindy has been responsible for planting some 25,000 trees across the region while training 6,000 tree care volunteers since forming the program in 1991. 

Try and spend this World Conservation Day reflecting on how far we’ve come and acknowledging the work yet to be done. Learn more about the benefits of our world forests and how we, as global citizens, can do our part to lower our carbon footprint and be the people our planet deserves.