James Cameron, Earth Day group to plant 1M trees

Film director James Cameron answers reporters' question after he delivered a speech about the Renaissance Now in Imagination and Technology at the Seoul Digital Forum in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, May 13, 2010. (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man)

August 15, 2010 6:49:44 PM PDT
Earth Day Network is enlisting groups in 15 countries to plant 1 million trees this year with "Avatar" movie director James Cameron and Twentieth Century Fox.

The Washington-based group is announcing its plans Sunday. Cameron planted the first of 1 million trees in April in Brazil.

In the U.S., trees will be planted in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles to improve air quality and urban animal habitats.

Tree plantings in such places as Mexico, Canada and Spain will be focused on reforestation of depleted areas.

Other efforts tie in with both development and environmental improvements. In Haiti, the U.S.-based Trees for the Future will work with farmers to plant about 500,000 fruit trees and other native species to provide economic benefits. That makes Haiti one of the largest sites.