December 11, 2009
WOOSTER, Dec. 11– The College of Wooster has joined the United Nations’ Billion Tree Campaign,
a global initiative to combat deforestation and raise awareness of issues
related to climate change by planting at least one billion trees per year
worldwide. Over the past two years, the college has planted more than 120
trees, which have now been added to the campaign’s on-line registry.
The Billion Tree
Campaign was inspired by the work of Wangari Maathai, founder of Kenya’s
Greenbelt Movement, which has been responsible for planting more than 40
million trees in 32 years. Maathai, who won the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize, spoke
on campus in September, as part of the college’s Wooster Forum series.
The trees the college
has added to the Billion Tree Campaign registry include those planted around
Gault Manor, new trees along both sides of Beall Avenue, replacements for those
damaged in storms, donated and memorial trees, and the two trees given by the
graduating classes of 2008 and 2009. As more trees are planted in coming years, they too will be
added to the registry.
Since the U.N.
campaign was launched in 2006, more than seven billion trees have been planted
in 167 countries.
The College of
Wooster is an independent liberal arts college, nationally recognized for an
innovative curriculum that emphasizes mentored, independent research. Each
Wooster senior works one-on-one with a faculty adviser to create an original
research project, written work, performance or art exhibit. Founded in 1866,
the college enrolls approximately 1,800 students.
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