Students from the USF St. Petersburg Student Environmental Awareness Society and Repower America Florida did their part this past Sunday, October 10th, for 350 Day, an international day of action for climate change. Ten thirty-gallon native trees were planted on campus and dedicated for 10-10-10. Five trees were sponsored by five environmental organizations in the community including: Sierra Club, Repower America, Defenders of Wildlife, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, 1Sky and Solar Source/F.A.R.E., and the other five trees were sponsored by campus clubs. The students believe the event will contribute to the restoration of the urban forest leading to reduced carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
The trees will serve as a lasting symbol of the community and campus commitment to rising to solve the climate crisis, said Kira Barrera, community outreach coordinator for S.E.A.S. USF St. Petersburg, and Sierra Club activist.