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Bayer joins UN's Billion Tree Campaign

On April 27th, national Arbor Day, Bayer announced that it has joined the United Nation's Environment Programme's (UNEP) Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign. It has pledged to plant 100,000 trees with the goal to help reverse climate change and reforest America's national parks. This comes after the news that Bayer's parent company, Bayer AG, has awarded a $100,000 grant for its Trees for America program.

Trees help reverse climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide from the air and converting it to oxygen. Some of the other benefits of trees include pollution absorption, water catchment protection, erosion control, temperature cooling, and the providing of a wildlife habitat. "We have long recognized and embraced our responsibility to help improve conditions for people around the world," said Dr. Attila Molnar, President and CEO. "Two ways in which we demonstrate this social responsibility is by helping strengthen science education through MSMS and by protecting the environment through various sustainability initiatives." The Plant for the Planet Billion Tree Campaign was launched in November 2006 at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Nairobi. It was inspired by Professor Wangari Maathai, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and founder of Kenya's Green Belt Movement which has planted more than 30 million trees in 12 African countries since 1977. To date, more than 808 million trees have been pledged as part of the Billion Tree Campaign and more than 10 million planted.

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December 7, 2019, 4:30 am PDT

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