Tuesday, June 28, 2022

From the CTKG Cabinet: Samantha Encourages Planting Trees

My name is Samantha and I am a member of the 2022 Connecticut Kid Governor's Cabinet with the platform of a Cleaner Connecticut.

My important environmental work for a cleaner Connecticut continued this month when my class invited our  Pre-K3 buddies to plant Colorado Blue Spruce seedlings from the Arbor Day Foundation.  All of the 5th graders (including me) who have been writing poetry and studying ecosystems, shared a poem with their buddies about how beautiful it has been to watch the Pre-K buddies grow throughout the school year.  Now, all of the buddies will have a chance to plant a tree and watch it grow.  Not only will the new tree remind each student of his or her buddy, the tree will help to create a cleaner Connecticut. 

According to the Arbor Day Foundation Website, "Trees play a critical role in creating healthier, safer, and more connected communities. They clean our air, filter our water, and even slow storm surge and flooding in our cities. Trees also provide shade and cool our cities by up to 10 degrees, which can help prevent heat-related deaths in urban areas." If you or someone you love would like to help me create a cleaner Connecticut, please reach out to the Arbor Day Foundation today and tell them that Connecticut's Kid Governor Cabinet Member Samantha sent you!

Most of the people in the world talk about taking care of the planet but the truth is that many do not know how to do it.  That is why today I want to talk about one of the easiest and most fun ways to do it: the planting of trees in our state. Trees help relax our minds and reduce stress. Trees are also noise absorbers, retain dust from the air, and release water vapor. The roots hold the mountains, preventing landslides, which is why you can't continue building in every place you want. In addition, the most natural shadows are that of the trees. They protect the plants that are underneath, they give shelter to animals, and they help prevent us from having to continue building remedies against the sun. A natural shade in summer is key to avoiding intense heat, heat hazards and even to protecting a home.  

Now that we know a little about the benefits of tree planting, I want to invite you to invite your family, friends and acquaintances this summer to have a tree planting day for the well-being of our state.

Thank you for contributing to the care of our planet. If you plant any trees in your community, or do anything to help make a cleaner Connecticut, you can email me at Cabinet@CT.KidGovernor.org

Samantha Botero
2022 Kid Governor Cabinet
Greenwich Catholic School

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