Waco Friends of the Climate 2nd DISTRIBUTION of FREE CARBON SINKS
Waco Friends of the Climate 2nd DISTRIBUTION of FREE CARBON SINKS (crape myrtle seedlings) at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market, Oct 29, 2022, 9am until about 1:15pm.
➸Almost 400 trees given away, a great result given the chilly, wet conditions. All trees were given new homes.
➸Visitors were uniformly delighted to receive these Crape Myrtle seedlings, Biloxi variant with pink flowers, multitrunk or doubletrunk, maximum height 30ft.
➸Trees were distributed with a planting guide sheet, and our business card, containing contact information, references, and 15 climate actions for individuals.
➸Carbon storage (carbon sink) is the primary climate benefit of tree planting. A study estimates crape myrtles of this size store 40tons of carbon. When the tree diameter is 24", carbon storage is estimated at 675tons of carbon. As we continue this project biannually, and other people may be inspired to plant trees, the carbon storage becomes more significant. Globally, the goal is the planting 1 trillion trees, and 30 by 30 (preserve 30% of the earth's surface wild and undeveloped by 2030).
The other benefit of tree planting include:
● Cool the urban heat island
● Clean the air
● Help increase biodiversity
● Provide shade
● Provide a soothing environment
● Lessen soil erosion
➸ MASSIVE THANKS to the volunteer team present for this project: Dr. Ken Wilkins, Chris Wilkins, Dr. Wendy Allmon, Monty Saffern, Jennifer Seagle, Myrl Luper, Dave Hebert, Mike Tobias, Mike's nephew, & Candy (who did half of the driving to obtain the trees in Tennessee Colony, TX. ) We appreciate everyone coming out during such unpleasant weather, and for working intensely. The team was very compatible, with some members experienced in prepping the seedlings, and some very knowledgeable in raising crape myrtles.
➸ Our next scheduled distribution will be around Earth Day 2023.
➸ The 5th Annual Climate Crisis Art Exhibit is closing soon. Visit now at www.climatecrisisartexhibit.