Acres for the Atmosphere is a roll-up-your-sleeves tree-planting and educational effort led by PBI Ambassadors and Leadership Camp graduates with help from community partners and members of our Arctic Ambassador Center network. It was started by graduates of the 2009 PBI Zookeeper Leadership Camp.
With PBI’s continued support, the group works to offset the effects of climate change to help save not only the polar bear, but many other species. Members create carbon sinks by organizing planting events within their communities and carrying out energy conservation campaigns to help reduce carbon emissions. These community events create a group identity that fosters a sense of responsibility for the local environment, and, in turn, promotes respect for the global environment as a whole.
The program involves tree planting, learning, and FUN! Participants plant trees in local communities and also help educate the public about the benefits of tree planting to counteract a warming climate. Check out the group's:
- Poster showing participants in action
- 2012 Scrapbook of accomplishments
- 2011 Scrapbook of accomplishments
These PBI Ambassadors are passionate advocates for conservation and have the potential to reach millions of people with their message. Trees reduce carbon in the atmosphere even after they're harvested. If you want to find out about the benefits of trees compared with other materials in our environment, take a look at The Facts About Trees & Wood.
To become involved, contact Heather Kalka or Marissa Krouse at email@example.com.