UNION, NJ – The Rotary Club of Union meet recently at Rotary Park, ‘near the Union Cannon’ to plant a tree and dedicate a plaque.  The tree planting is supports Rotary International’s President Ian Riseley’s “Plant a Tree Initiative”. 

According to the Rotary International website, rotaries have already far surpassed the original goal of 1.2 million trees, one new tree per Rotarian.

“More than 80% of people in urban areas breath unsafe air,” said Charles Minton, Past District Governor, at the tree planting.  “The number rises to 98% in low income countries."  Minton said if the current rate continues, by 2050, the oceans are expected to contain more plastics by weight than fish.  

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“The need for action is greater than ever and so is our ability to have an impact,” said Minton.

“Our planet belongs to all of us, and to our children, and to their children.  It’s up to all of us to protect it and all of us in the Rotary to make a difference.”