Plant a Tree, Save You and Me!
Yesterday was National Plant A Flower Day which seems fitting considering spring is only a week away! Some may consider it the best time of the year; the weather is warmer, the colors of nature are brighter, and everything suddenly looks beautiful again. Planting flowers is especially one way to make sure spring really feels like spring.
However, this blog is meant to talk about more than just planting flowers, it’s about planting trees. Something people don't consider doing but really should, more so now than ever. Our atmosphere is screaming for help. Humans emit roughly 30 to 40 billion tons of CO2 into the Earth's atmosphere annually. That is a crazy amount that should have been avoidable if we took global warming more seriously. Many scientists say we would have to cover the entire US with trees to capture just 10% of the carbon dioxide in our atmosphere.
The ozone and global warming problem has gotten so bad that we can no longer stop it from happening. All we are able to do now is slow down the effects of it so we don’t see very drastic changes to our planet within the next 30 years.
So in order to at least slow down global warming and its effects, we need to plant trees… as many as we can!
Here are some great reasons to plant a tree:
Trees are essential to life. They create the very air we breathe and filter air pollution.
Trees also build soil and help soak up stormwater before it can create a flood.
They offer energy-saving shade that reduces global warming and creates habitat for thousands of different species.
Trees also help to reduce ozone levels in urban areas.
Trees sequester carbon, helping to remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air, which cools the earth. In fact, a mature canopy tree absorbs enough carbon and releases enough oxygen to sustain two human beings!
Despite their importance to life as we know it, humans have cut down half of all the trees on the planet so far. Every year we cut down over 50,000 square miles of forest worldwide for paper, agriculture, building materials and fuel. That’s an area the size of the state of Alabama! Every year! The carbon release from deforestation accounts for 25 to 30 percent of the four to five billion tons of carbon accumulating every year in the atmosphere from human activities. Much of this wouldn’t be necessary if we reduced, reused and recycled more, cultivated hemp for fuel and fiber, and used sustainable and recycled materials in all our buildings. But until this changes, we need to put the trees back any way we can, as fast as we can.
If you don’t personally want to plant a tree, that is okay! There are many organizations you can donate too that will plant the trees somewhere for you!
Some of those include the following:
American Forests Global ReLeaf
The International Tree Foundation
Rainforest Rescue – Restores rainforest species in Australia, Sri Lanka and Indonesia
Clear Sky Climate Solutions – Provides carbon offsets through reforestation projects
Terrapass – Provides carbon offsets for flying, driving, etc.
CarbonFund – Provides a variety of carbon offset projects to choose from.
Carbonify.com – Tree planting for offsetting carbon emissions
For more information about why we should plant trees and how to plant a tree properly, please click here.
As I previously stated, many scientists are doing studies on global warming, the effects it’s going to have on us, and what we need to do to stop it. Click here, to check out a study done by the University of Birmingham revealing a lot of disturbing details about our world today and what it’s going to be like in just a few years. Also, please check out this short video, by clicking here, describing everything one needs to know about our planet and what we are doing to it.
We urge you to take global warming seriously and to do something, big or small, to make a change. Do your own research and find out the everyday things you can change to help our planet.
Without a happy healthy planet, humans do not get to live happy healthy lives. Remember that. We are all one, we are all connected.
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