Trees, Trees, Wonderful Trees!

Fall season is here and the trees are changing. The beautiful colors are reminders of what that tree has done for us throughout the warmer months, when their leaves were green… provide oxygen! Through photosynthesis, trees remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and produce oxygen (O2) as an off-gas.

That’s great news for us, since…well…we need oxygen to survive.

It’s also great news for the climate as these trees are doing a wonderful job of sequestering the CO2 that is causing climate change.

According to the Illinois Natural Defense Council, “One 30” maple sequesters 1,452 pound. An average tree produces nearly 260 pounds of oxygen each year. Two mature trees can provide enough oxygen for a family of four. An acre of trees also produces enough oxygen for 18 people to breathe for a year.”

Good thing Moraine Valley Community College takes its tree canopy seriously. For the past 7 years, the College has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a TreeCampusUSA. TreeCampusUSA designation informs the community that the College has a robust plan and budget for managing the care and growth of its tree canopy.

Arbor Day. The college planted a swamp oak tree and placed a plaque on a rock to commenorated the 50th anniversary of the college and celebrate Arbor Day. The Children’s Learning Center participated and placed pine cones with peanut butter and seeds on the tree.

UN Climate Change Conference 2017

The UN Climate Change Conference of 2017 begins today (11/6/2017)! Although President Trump has pulled the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, this is still very exciting. World leaders are converging on Bonn Germany to discuss how to mitigate the negative effects of climate change- globally- with or without US federal support.

Why is this exciting? Because even though the Trump Administration is denying climate change as a major threat to the nation’s security, the nation’s leaders in business, technology, higher education, state and local governments, tribal nations, non-profits, and faith-based organizations are not.

We Are Still In!

“In the absence of leadership from Washington, representatives of cities and states, tribes, businesses, and academia have traveled to Bonn and are standing alongside the international community to make clear that the representation of the United States extends beyond its federal government. With over 2,500 signatories representing more than 130 million Americans and $6.2 trillion of economic output, ‘We Are Still In’ is the largest cross section of the American economy yet assembled in pursuit of climate action. We invite all attendees to join them as they kick off the US non-national presence at COP 23.”

These amazing leaders are going to help the United States stay connected with the international community as we all strive to fight to reduce emissions and stave off the worst of climate change. This isn’t important just for us in the US (but, we should be concerned for our own safety, too), it’s a global crisis that can be solved collectively. To that, we could say: thank you to all of you wonderful leaders for stepping up!

Video from the Washington Post article about the newest US Climate Assessment Report.