In January, we joined the Arbor Day Foundation in publicly launching the Time for Trees initiative. The goals are big. They plan to plant 100 million trees and inspire 5 million tree planters by 2022, the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day. Meeting these goals is a big step in the right direction for our planet, ensuring that we continue to have life essentials such as clean air, clean water, and a tolerable climate — all things trees provide. Flux Connectivity is proud to be playing an important role in this large-scale effort.
As the Time for Trees initiative gains awareness and momentum in not only the corporate sustainability world but also within the general public, the impact so far is impressive. As of September 1, more than 39 million trees have been planted. These trees are helping communities recover from natural disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes. They are replacing majestic trees lost to wildfires in forests across the globe. And they are restoring critical rain forest lands devastated by unsustainable forestry and agriculture practices.
Collectively, when you look at the impact of 39,281,725 trees, it’s hard to wrap your head around. These trees will sequester enough carbon to equal taking more than 7.4 million cars off the road for an entire year. They will intercept and filter enough water to fill the water bottle of every person on Earth every day for nearly two years. And they will provide an estimated $278.9 million in human health benefits.
While 39 million trees is an accomplishment we are proud to be a part of, we are just as proud to say that this initiative has inspired more than 3 million tree planters so far. These are the people making a difference every day right where they live. They are picking up shovels and ensuring that the impact of the Time for Trees initiative reaches far beyond its 100-million-tree goal. This is where the initiative gains real power, and this is how all of us can find a tangible way to improve the earth for future generations.
A lot has been accomplished since the public launch of this initiative, but we have more work to do. We are looking forward to working with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant more trees and inspire more tree planters to ensure a better tomorrow for all of us.