All over the world in parks and forests, climate change is damaging the ability of forests to grow back on their own. In cities, trees help cool communities, reducing the heat island effect created by buildings, machines, and pavement that hold heat. Tree planting provides habitat for wildlife, creates shade on hot summer days, cleans water, and removes asthma-causing air pollution.
Girl Scouts have pledged to take 5 million actions to address climate change by planting, protecting, and honoring trees to support wildlife conservation and ease the negative effects of climate change. In partnership with the Elliott Wildlife Values Project, American Forests, and The Arbor Day Foundation, we have already planted tens of thousands of trees in all 50 states and globally but we must keep going!
Businesses, Schools, and Community Organizations: Want to join the Tree Promise in your community? Reach out to your local Girl Scout council for more information.
The Tree Promise provides adults and caregivers an opportunity to connect the importance of tree planting with a range of topics including STEM and climate justice. The Tree Promise Climate Justice resource (PDF) provides insights, knowledge and resources including interactive tools like the Tree Equity Score.