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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Tree planting caps governor's busy Earth Day

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger marked Earth Day on Wednesday in part by helping one local company reach its goal of planting 1 million trees.

Schwarzenegger, in one of three Earth Day appearances statewide, helped plant the 1 millionth tree at Shaklee. He was joined by company officials and Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement and winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize.

Maathai is the "global ambassador" for the company's "A Million Trees, A Million Dreams" campaign. Her group, based in Kenya, started in 1977 with tree plantings and is a way to empower women by getting them involved with the environment.

Shaklee makes items such as vitamins, household cleaners and personal hygiene products. The company said that in 2000 it was the first company in the world to be certified as being "climate neutral" by the Climate Neutral Network, with the tree plantings being counted toward that effort.

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The Painting is by Henry Hillier Parker

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