Celebrate Earth Day by Joining the Boston March for Science! Saturday, April 22nd

Lise Olney

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April 22 is both Earth Day 2017 and a day to celebrate science at the Boston March for Science on the Boston Common! Family friendly activities start at the Parkman Bandstand at 1:00 pm and run until 4:00 pm. The rally for science runs from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Beacon and Charles Streets. This diverse and non-partisan event celebrates the discovery, understanding, and sharing of scientific knowledge as essential to the success, health, and safety of the human race. Publicly funded and publicly communicated scientific knowledge is a pillar of human freedom and prosperity.

Earth Day Is 47 Years Old!

The March for Science is co-organized with Earth Day, which started 47 years ago in the United States and is now celebrated in all 193 United Nations member states. This year’s theme is environmental and climate literacy. The Earth Day Network is also promoting the Trees for the Earth campaign, which aims to plant 7.8 billion trees worldwide by the year 2020 – one tree for every person projected to be on Earth.

You can help right here in Wellesley by planting a tree! Just sign up to get a free tree planted in your yard through the Wellesley Natural Resources Commission. Contact nrc@wellesley.gov.

Honoring Trees

The single largest living thing in the world is the giant sequoia tree. Sequoias live for hundreds – sometimes thousands of years. The age of one sequoia was calculated to be 3,500 years – determined by counting the rings in the trunk after the tree died.

The tallest known sequoia trees live in the Sierra Nevada Desert in California. “General Sherman” is the tallest at 275 feet high. The second tallest is known as “King Arthur” and is 270 feet high. The widest tree trunk belongs to a sequoia called “Boole” that is 113 feet wide. It would take 23 adults or 42 children to form a circle around Boole.

During this past year, the Wellesley Free Library has exhibited photos of favorite Wellesley trees to commemorate Earth Day. Catch the exhibit before it ends on April 22, 2017!

 

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