Earth day 2021 - How can you help keep it local?

April 22, 2021

Earth day this year is about Restoring our Earth to help further climate action around the globe.

Earthday.org recognises that planting trees across the world is one of the best ways of taking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere to tackle the climate crisis.

The right tree in the right place can achieve not only carbon offsetting, but benefits such as to biodiversity, resilience against potentially devastating impacts of a warming climate and natural flood management.

Deeside

70% of Scotland was once forested, but it is now one of the most deforested countries in Europe and upper Deeside has only 8% woodland cover remaining. Our rivers are poorer as a result, with less nutrients, habitat, shade, flood control, biodiversity and buffering from the surrounding land. So, like many things, restoration must start at home.

On Deeside, we are planting trees to save our river and our iconic Atlantic salmon, which is on the brink of a crisis. Riverbank trees provide huge benefits to rivers and wildlife – resilience to climate change, natural flood management, and purer water, which benefits all of us.

One Million Trees

We started tree planting in 2013 and in 2020, we set ourselves the challenge to plant one million trees along the banks of the Dee and its headwater streams by 2035. Earlier this year, we reached a milestone of quarter of a million trees planted.

How you can restore our earth locally

We have some suggestions how you can support Earth Day locally –

  • Individuals and companies can support the Dee and our Million Trees Campaign directly, by funding a tree, a group of trees, an enclosure, or a legacy, at http://www.riverdee.org.uk/living-river/a-living-gift
  • Spread the word of this campaign, as it is vital to understand the perils that wild salmon face and make people care – please look and share our 2-minute campaign film.
  • You can support education further – a primary school on our education programme IntroDee (3 visits) costs £1,080 to deliver.
  • You can contact the political candidates in your constituency and region, asking them to commit to three actions set out by Fisheries Management Scotland –
    • Make saving Scotland’s salmon a national conservation priority
    • Fund the planting of native trees beside those rivers vulnerable to damaging temperature rises
    • Implement in full the unanimous recommendations of the Salmon Interactions Working Group.
  • Individuals and corporate groups can volunteer – we expect to restart invasive plant control and tree planting with volunteers later this year, having taken a break due to Covid-19.

To find out more contact our Development and Promotions Officer – Debbie Cooper at e mail development@riverdee.org or call her on 07979 878971