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Norfolk group’s tree planting sends message about climate

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A Norfolk environmental group added more green to Powell Park to send a message of climate awareness.

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Fridays for Future planted a single tulip tree in Powell Park to help mark the Global Day of Climate Action on Sept. 24.

Group member Cathy Salvatore said that, while “one tree is not going to accomplish much,” many trees will.

“The big thing with a tree is that, not only does it mitigate climate change by pulling carbon out of the air, it really helps us adapt,” she said. “It filters the air and ground water and supports insects and birds, which is a really big concern right now.”

Salvatore said the tree will help prevent flooding during heavy rainfalls by absorbing excess water, while also supporting the inhabiting species and environment.

Tulip trees can live to 500 years or more.

The tree planting, she said, was “really to draw attention to the climate crisis.

“And I encourage everybody to plant native plants in their own gardens and public spaces,” said Salvatore.

“The original message around climate change is that we need to cut down on greenhouse gases.”

She noted that carbon emissions from vehicles are one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gases.

“Most people’s biggest source of emission is driving their personal vehicle. Avoid idling and limit driving by biking, walking and planning trips to include several errands are ways to directly reduce your impact.”

The local chapter of Fridays for Future was founded in 2019. The group said it aims to empower people to take a stand on the global climate crisis.

The tree planting was the chapter’s first event since the global pandemic struck last year.

“Our local Fridays for Future group wants people to realize that they can do something locally to address the global climate problem,” according to a news release. “We want the community to see that they can contribute to changing the trajectory of climate change. Anything from planting a native shrub, to hanging laundry on the line, and walking instead of driving can help.”

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