Each year, between 150 and 300keepers travel from all parts of the country in order to attend an AAZK National Conference. Most travel occurs by either plane or automobile, both of which burn fossil fuels, emitting Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in the process. CO2 emissions have often been referred to as the engine that drives climate change. The impact (carbon footprint) of our travel to and from conferences, therefore, has a negative effect on the environment.
As an organization whose mission is to “promote the preservation of our natural resources and animal life,” we should be working proactively to help reduce our carbon footprint each year.
During this year’s 2011 National AAZK Conference we raised enough funds to plant 317 trees along the San Diego River.
The AAZK San Diego chapter organized two tree planting events: January 21 and February 4, 2012.
Click here to see the letter from the San Diego River Park Foundation regarding this project.
Whether you attended the National AAZK conference or not, you can help us be GREENER by participating in this worthwhile cause. The San Diego AAZK Chapter has teamed up with The San Diego River Park Foundation for the Acres for the Atmosphere project. Every $7.00 donated will pay for the purchase and care of a young native tree species to be planted along The San Diego River.
All of the trees planted will help us offset the carbon generated by our August 2011 National AAZK Conference and provide years of carbon sequestration to come.
Click on the DONATE button below if you would like to help us purchase even more trees!