Annually, people around the world celebrate Arbor Day by planting trees in their communities. Arbor Day gets celebrated all around the world and does not fall on the same day every year, but it is usually in spring when the ground is not frozen anymore that makes it easier to plant new trees. SAP Community chose to celebrate a whole week in April (24th -28th) to combine two global Arbor Days, the one in Germany on April 25, and the one in the USA on April 28.
The holiday originated in the United States. The first Arbor Day was held in Nebraska City in 1872 and saw engaged citizens plant an estimated 1 million trees.
SAP is an enabler and exemplar of sustainability and committed to take much-needed climate action. To restore ecosystems and foster sustainable development, SAP has added the goal of planting 21 million trees by the end of 2025 to a comprehensive portfolio of climate measures.
In support of this objective, SAP will plant a tree for every SAP Community member who is actively participating in SAP Community (every engagement counts) from April 24-28, with a goal of reaching 20,000 trees!
Yes, you read correctly, by being active in SAP Community, you will not only be engaging with our vibrant community of experts, but also making a positive impact on the environment. We are happy to celebrate Arbor Week with you all! Together, we want to reach our goal of planting 20,000 trees in the name of SAP during Arbor Week. For every active contribution of yours made during this time here in SAP Community, SAP will plant a tree.Why the goal of 20,000 trees? We want to plant 1,000 for each year of SAP Community's existence.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SAP COMMUNITY!
We want to dedicate this initiative to
SAP Community's 20th anniversary
So, hit the Like buttons, chime into the conversations in our various Groups, comment on our many blog posts, answer questions by other community members, and let us know what you're doing during Arbor Week. This initiative is also a great way to get involved in your local community; have a look - your city or the city near you might be already waiting for you to join! SAP Community members can help make Arbor Week happen!
Why should you get involved?
Trees are an essential part of the natural world, providing a wide range of benefits to the environment, society, and the economy. From providing shade and shelter to producing oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide, trees play a crucial role in maintaining the health & well-being of our planet. They are a critical element in sustainable living and a natural, renewable resource that can be used in a wide range of ways without depleting the earth's resources.
Sustainability directly links to SAP's purpose of helping the world run better and improve people's lives. This means creating positive economic, environmental, and social impact within planetary boundaries. To live up to this ambition, SAP provides its customers with products and services that help meet their sustainability opportunities and challenges. SAP also leads by example and strives to be a role model for sustainable operations and investments. Climate change and planetary stability are two of the most pressing challenges of our time and we are committed to act now.
Last but not least, I wanted to share some more tips how you can celebrate Arbor Week:
by reading books about trees, and learn to identify trees in your yard and neighbourhood
by enjoying the outdoors and visit a local park or take a nature hike
by attending a class on tree and plant care
by volunteering with a local tree-planting organisation
by walking in a local park and appreciate everything trees do for us
by making a donation to have more trees planted in areas where they're needed most
by planting a tree yourself; either on your own property, or volunteer with your local government agency to plant or care for trees on public land in your area
(Don't forget to share a picture of you planting trees in the comments!)
and of course, you can simply visit trees, sit under trees, appreciate trees, hug trees ...
Together, SAP Community can make a difference during Arbor Week to help create a greener future for generations to come. Thank you for being a part of the SAP Community and for joining us in this effort.
Continue the conversation on social media with using the hashtags:#arborday #gotrees #showlovefortrees