The 1.2 Million Tree Planting Challenge

Rotary International President Ian Riseley has challenged all 1.2 million Rotarians to plant a tree before Earth Day.

Today, the Rotary Club of Cambridge Sunrise was on site at the Rare Charitable Research Reserve to lend a helping hand and plant trees. Beautiful weather and lots of volunteers made for a very productive morning.


‘The greater result will be a Rotary that recognizes our responsibility not only to the people on our planet, but to the planet itself ’ 2017-2018 RI President Ian Riseley


WHY PLANT... Trees are engines for economic development providing • High nutrition foods for humans, animals, wildlife and insects • Sustainable building materials and fuel • Canopies in urban areas to cool, reduce energy use, absorb pollution and increase property values Trees protect our environment • Increase ground water recharge, prevent runoff and loss of soil • Create habitat for wildlife • Produce oxygen, use carbon dioxide, improve public health • Slow global warming by storing carbon Trees and woodlands provide spiritual renewal • Walking in the woods soothes the soul