14 Dayton Rotarians participated in the Five Rivers MetroParks Adopt a Park Day on Saturday, April 21st and planted over 400 seedlings at the Wetland Mitigation Bank on Little Richmond Road.  By planting these seedling Rotarians helped to complete one of our Rotary International President Ian Riseley's goals for a tree to be planted for each of the 1.2 million members of Rotary by Earth Day.  Riseley said, "My goal was to achieve a good beyond the considerable benefits that those 1.2 million (or more!) trees would themselves bring. It is my hope that by planting trees, Rotarians will renew their interest in, and attention to, an issue that we must put back on the Rotary agenda: the state of our planet."
Environmental issues are deeply entwined in every one of our areas of focus and cannot be dismissed as not Rotary's concern. Pollution is affecting health across the globe: More than 80 percent of people in urban areas breathe unsafe air, a number that rises to 98 percent in low- and middle-income countries. If current trends continue, by 2050 the oceans are expected to contain more plastics by weight than fish. And rising temperatures are well-documented: Global annual average temperatures increased by about 2 degrees F (1.1 degrees C) from 1880 through 2015. That this change was caused by humans is not a subject of scientific debate, nor is the likelihood of vast economic and human disruption if the trend continues unchecked. The need for action is greater than ever – and so is our ability to have a real impact.