Plant a Tree


“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb

 

The social, aesthetic, and environmental benefits of trees are numerous.

  • They manufacture oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide.
  • They provide shade in summer and windbreak in winter.
  • The beauty and serenity of trees have been shown to help hospital patients recover more quickly.
  • Trees reduce crime in low-income urban areas.
  • Trees increase property values.
  • Trees help us save energy.
  • Trees improve air quality.
  • Trees conserve water.
  • Trees provide homes to wildlife.
  • Trees provide a beautiful backdrop to outdoor recreational activities.
  • Large and majestic trees are an important part of the community.

According to American Forests, the national urban tree deficit now stands at more than 634 million trees.  Alarmingly, up to 57% of all Amazonian trees, the planet’s lungs, may already fit the criteria of being globally threatened. Unprecedented environmental stresses – warmer temperatures, changes in precipitation, increased droughts – and global trade are making trees more susceptible to insect infestation and disease and therefore more difficult to grow and flourish in today’s world.

Because trees sequester carbon and offset our carbon footprint, the amount of energy a person consumes in their day-to-day activities, it is more important than ever to plant trees.  The average person produces 26 tons of CO2 per year.  6 twenty-five year old pine trees absorb 1 ton of CO2.  36 twenty-five year old maple trees absorb 1 ton of CO2.

 

stock-photo-seeding-seedling-male-hand-watering-young-tree-over-green-background-seed-planting-225149986Planting trees is a way to give back to the environment for future generations and to offset our carbon footprint. Spring is the perfect time to plant.  Plant a tree for a new grandchild, in memory of a parent or a beloved pet, or to honor a special anniversary. If you have no place to plant a tree, americanforests.org will plant a tree in your name with a small donation. Makes a great gift too!


Some information compiled from www.americanforests.org and http://www.bbc.com

For more green living tips, visit greenwithbetsy.com.

 

 

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14 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by judyfallon on April 5, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Thank you for yet another informative article Betsy!

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  2. Posted by Dot Moore on April 5, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    I do love reading your “What’s Green…” And you! Dot

    Sent from my iPad

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    • I was just thinking about you this morning and missing you and Montgomery!!! I hope you are well. I’ll give you a call so we can catch up! Thanks for commenting on my blog!

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  3. I’ve planted many a tree in my lifetime. Wish I had room for more.

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  4. “ When we plant trees, we plant the seeds of peace and the seeds of
    hope. We also secure the future of our children. ”

    Dr. Wangari Maathai, Nobel Prize Laureate
    She did so very much in her lifetime with her Green Belt Movement

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    • She certainly did! Thanks for mentioning her! She actually spoke at one of Pete’s graduation events right before she died! Hope all is well with you!

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  5. Thank you for your wonderful blog Betsy!

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  6. Posted by Tudy & David Hill on April 9, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    I absolutely love the Chinese proverb!! Do you and Peter know the book, ‘No Trees No Future’?Just read a review in my Manchester Weekly paper…I did not know that the UK is one of the least-wooded countries in Europe. Woodland covers just 12% of the land. How are your kids doing? and do you love your doggie?! love, Tudy

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  7. Celebrate Arbor Day by planting a tree! Great advice, Betsy.

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