Falmouth, MA (April 11, 2018) — Rotary International President, Ian H. S. Riseley has challenged every Rotary club across the globe to make a difference by planting a tree for each of its members. “The time is long past when environmental sustainability can be dismissed as not Rotary’s concern. It is, and must be, everyone’s concern,” he said. Riseley made the case that protecting the environment and curbing climate change are essential to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service. With over 35,000 Rotary clubs and an average of 35 members each, the effort would yield over 1.2 million new trees planted by Rotarians this year. The Rotary Club of Falmouth will be planting the first phase of their contributions to the challenge at 12 Noon on Saturday, April 21, 2018 during the popular “Daffodil Days” at Spohr Gardens. Falmouth Rotary Club members, along with volunteers from Cub Scout Pack 41 of East Falmouth will plant a selection of 10 mostly native trees including American Holly, Sassafras, Harlequin Glory Bower, Magnolia, Rum Cherry, and Redbud varieties. The ceremony will take place in the Eastern Butterfly Garden area of Spohr Gardens. Why do we “Plant-A-Tree?” • A full-grown tree absorbs carbon dioxide (CO2) at a rate of 48 lbs. per year. • An acre of trees annually consumes the amount of carbon dioxide equivalent to that produced by driving an average car for 26,000 miles. • Trees do more than absorb CO2. They produce oxygen necessary for us to survive. • A full-grown tree emits enough oxygen per day to support two adults. All are welcome to attend the “Plant-A-Tree” event to learn more about the many ways trees help to protect and sustain our environment and how each of us can make a difference. Attendees are encouraged to stay and enjoy the “Daffodil Days” celebration of spring at Spohr Gardens including entertainment, guided tours, plant sales, kids’ activities and more. Learn more at SpohrGardens.org What: Rotary Club of Falmouth “Plant-A-Tree” ceremony Where: Spohr Gardens, 45 Fells Rd., Falmouth When: Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 12:00 Noon (Raid date is April 28th) Who: Open to the Public Cost: Admission is FREE (donations are accepted) About Rotary International Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit Rotary.org.