April 14, 2021 by Carol Britton Meyer
The Selectmen last night proclaimed Thursday, April 22, as Earth Day -- and Friday, April 30, as Arbor Day -- in the Town of Hingham.
Selectmen Joseph Fisher and William Ramsey read the accompanying proclamations issued by the board.
The Earth Day proclamation focused on the importance of Hingham citizens -- as members of the global community -- stepping forward to take action "to create positive environmental changes that will support the management and care of our environment."
In recognition of today's environmental challenges, trees will be planted as a symbol of the town's commitment "to the good stewardship of all that is entrusted to our care," the proclamation states.
Arbor Day was established in Nebraska in 1872 as a special day for planting trees and was first observed with the planting of more than a million trees in that state. Arbor Day is now observed throughout the nation and the world, including in Hingham every year.
Hingham has been named a Tree City U.S.A. by the National Arbor Day Foundation in recognition of the town's commitment to tree care and planting for many years in a row.
The Selectmen in the proclamation urge all citizens to support efforts "to protect our trees and woodlands, support our town's forestry program, and to plant trees to gladden the hearts and promote the well-being of present and future generations."