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Climate change is an undeniably urgent issue facing everyone on Earth. While the problems associated with climate change may seem too daunting to overcome, there are steps that individuals and communities can take to help begin healing our Earth.

ReLeaf at East Carolina University held a tree planting event near Town Creek Culvert, close to Sup Dogs, on Oct. 28 in an effort to bring trees back to urban areas in Greenville, North Carolina, as well as to stabilize the ecosystem in which they are planted. Planting trees not only contributes to the aesthetic improvement of our community but most importantly its environmental health.

We, the editorial staff of The East Carolinian, believe that these efforts to revitalize the environment and bring trees to our community are commendable and set a good example for others. Any effort to combat climate change and improve the Greenville community is an effort worth celebrating.

Although, as college students, we do not always stay in Greenville after graduation it is important for us to take care of our community while we are a part of it. We should leave this community better than when we came to it and a student led initiative to plant trees, not only on campus, but in the Greenville community, sets a positive example for other students.

It is important to remember that even in the midst of COVID-19, the environment is still in crisis. An outdoor tree planting event is a good way to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19 while continuing to do positive work for the environment.

Students should take advantage of opportunities like this one to help the environment through ReLeaf and the ECO-Pirates club as well as the ECU Office of Sustainability and any other organizations offering environmentally positive initiatives and events. Reversing humanity’s harmful effects on the environment is everyone’s responsibility.

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