National Arbor Day in the U.S. is the 26th of April. The nearly four-decade-old holiday celebrates and encourages the planting of trees as well as raising awareness for deforestation. Here are six easy way you can get involved.

1. Plant a Tree.

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Every little bit counts. Planting a tree in your local area is the easiest way you can make a real difference. Follow the official Arbor Day Foundation’s detailed instructions for tree planting here HERE. As Arbor Day is widely celebrated around the world, there are loads of events to get involved with or even organise yourself. Find out what’s happening where you live HERE.

2. Go Paperless.

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An obvious but easy choice. Many of us still have a nasty habit of not utilizing computer files and folders properly. Whether at home or at the office, ditch printing and spare the trees instead.

3. Cut Down on Meat.

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Agriculture is by far the largest culprit in the case of deforestation. Livestock takes up more land and resources than anything else. Therefore, cutting down on your meat intake is a super effective way to help spare the trees. Don’t let hard-core veganism scare you off, just going meat-free one to three days a week has a massive effect on your individual footprint.

4. Shop Local, Organic, and Recycled.

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Three words to live by. Shopping local means you’re supporting home-grown farms and avoiding big-box corporations who drive demand for cleared forests. Shopping produce with a USDA organic seal means you support farms who “promote ecological balance and conserve biodiversity”. Finally, shopping recycled products means you avoid the need for new land or new production all together.

5. Don’t Buy Palm Oil.

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Palm oil is a type of vegetable oil derived from the palm fruit that’s used in over 50% of packaged products. According to WWF, an area equivalent to 300 football fields of rainforest is cleared each hour to make way for palm oil production. Always read the ingredient lists of what you buy and look for the “No Palm Oil” seal which many organic companies are starting to put on their packaging. Alternatively, look for products with palm oil certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.

6. Get Involved!

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Just like with any issue, every person needs to do their part. But ultimately, collaborating with like-minded people and organisations to raise awareness and push for government action is the most effective way to contribute. Research local NGO’s who are always looking for help establishing parks to protect rainforests and wildlife.

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