El Segundo is located in a highly polluted area exposed to heavy industrial emissions. This has important consequences on the human and wildlife population. Through its tree planting and care, Tree Musketeers works to offset some of the pollution: a single tree can absorb 10 pounds of air pollutants a year, and produce nearly 260 pounds of oxygen- enough to support two people. For Arbor Day we need your support to plant and care for more trees in the community, while empowering local youth!
El Segundo is surrounded by highly polluting neighbors: LAX, the world's 5th busiest airport and Los Angeles County's biggest polluter; a sewage plant; two electrical generating facilities; the west coast's largest oil refinery; and a freeway. This not only impacts public health in El Segundo and neighboring communities, but ocean breezes carry it inland to the Los Angeles basin. In 2003, EPA data reflected that El Segundo was 3rd among California cities for exposure to industrial emissions.
The 1,800 trees in the care of Tree Musketeers absorb up to 90 tons of carbon dioxide every year. By planting new trees and caring for the existing ones, we are securing a healthier environment for the local area with benefits for the entire region and the planet. As Arbor Day is a most important event of the year - attracting 500 to 600 people on average - we also raise awareness about environmentally-friendly practices and the benefits of trees.
Environmental benefits include mitigating significant amounts of greenhouse gases created by airport and vehicular traffic which are at the root of global warming. Tree leaves absorb rainwater and reduce peak storm runoff by 10 to 20%. Water quality is improved by tree leaves filtering pollutants from falling rain. Arbor Day creates a sense of community and ownership for the trees among the participants and local residents, and raises their awareness about their role fighting global warming.