AYUDH members came together on Saturday, March 12th to plant trees with a DC based non-profit organization known as Casey Trees. Once estimated to have supported 50% tree canopy in 1950 that statistic, Washington D.C. has dwindled down to a meager 35% in the course of just 60 years. Casey Trees’ mission is to restore, enhance, and protect the tree canopy of the nation’s capital to ultimately bring that percentage up to at least 40% by the year 2032. Since its establishment in 2002, Casey Trees has planted up to 20,000 trees and hopes to partner with organizations such as ours to sustain and continue this astonishing pace.
At the heart of AYUDH, we believe humans have a duty to take care of Mother Earth and keep her clean and healthy to the best of our ability. In fact, as the upcoming generation, we will be the ones to carry this load and responsibility to fulfill this duty of ours. Our time participating in the Nurturing Nature project was not only a wonderful opportunity to become more involved with our local community but an opportunity to raise awareness amongst youth about the dire issue of climate change. AYUDH DC hopes to continue to collaborate with Casey Trees in our ultimate effort of making the world a cleaner and healthier place one tree at a time.