150 Trees for Our Planet’s Lungs!

Hannele Lahtinen   Hannele Lahtinen, Human Resources Manager, Canada

As part of Global Climate Strike Week, a group of volunteers from Outotec Burlington office took part in Plant a Tree Day. They planted over 150 trees, using the event as a way to highlight how important trees and forests are to life on Earth.

Trees clean the air we breathe, they filter the water we drink, and they are home to more than 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity. In cities, they can help reduce temperatures by up to 8 degrees Celsius. This is particularly important given that more than half the world’s population will soon be living in cities, which will result in a growing threat from heating and increased pollution.

Forests are not only our planet’s lungs, but they also have important economic value. They provide key ingredients for more than a quarter of all medicines and provide jobs for more than 1.6 billion people worldwide.

This event was organized by One Tree Planted and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. It took place at Claireville Conservation Area, a forested area straddling Toronto and the Peel Region, that provides 848 acres of landscapes and conservation areas for local wildlife.

The event was part of Outotec’s common concept for volunteering activities and programs, which is designed to support the local community socially and environmentally. This concept allows each Outotec employee to spend one workday a year on volunteering projects, and all such work is reported under our common concept of “Together for the better”.