Happy Arbor Day, everyone!
We’re super excited because today is about planting as many trees as possible. The more trees we plant, the better the environment, planet, and our spirits will be (as we explained last week).
We’re also excited because we’ve got a special partnership with Trees for the Future that allows us to plant 1 tree for every game we sell. Trees are planted in areas of Africa, Asia, or Latin America that need help combating deforestation, and that’s something we can absolutely get behind. So much so, in fact, that we’d like to plant 50 extra trees today to help the cause.
And in case you were wondering why planting trees is such a big darn deal, here you go:
The History of Arbor Day
Did you know that Arbor Day didn’t begin in the US? And is celebrated all over the world? Arbor Day promotes a concept everyone on the planet can share and participate in: making our planet better, one tree at a time.
The very first celebration of what we know as Arbor Day was held in the tiny Spanish village of Villanueva de la Sierra in 1805. Launched by a local priest in defiance of the rampant destruction characterizing the Napoleonic Wars, the community planted a poplar tree in the town square -- the very first tree planted on Arbor Day. Over the course of 3 days, dozens of other trees were planted, and a manifesto in defense of trees was sent to neighboring towns. A holiday was born.
The first American Arbor Day was April 10, 1872 in Nebraska City, Nebraska.1 million trees were planted that day, thanks to the persistent efforts of real-life Lorax / literal pioneer Julius Sterling Morton. Morton used his position as a newspaper editor to communicate the importance of agricultural preservation -- especially trees. Ultimately, Morton became President Grover Cleveland’s Secretary of Agriculture, and helped make Arbor Day a legal holiday in 1885.
Arbor Day takes its name from the Latin word for “tree” - but it isn’t called that in every country that celebrates it. Some countries call it Arbor Week, Tree Holiday, Tree Festival, or one of these:
National Festival of Tree Planting (India)
Tree-Loving Week (Korea)
New Year's Day of the Trees (Israel)
Greening Week (Japan)
Student's Afforestation Day (Iceland)
Other countries also celebrate it on different dates, depending on the season. But whatever the date or name, the purpose is always the same: taking care of our planet and making our world a better place, for our the environment and ourselves. We think that kind of stewardship is not only necessary, but unavoidable.
Which is why we’re doing this sale.
Help us help the trees. Check out our store. And enjoy "The Lorax" of courtesy of Chuck Jones and Dr. Seuss: