Our planet is changing and needs help. But you think you're only one person and there's nothing you can do.
SOLUTION: Plant a tree. Sounds simple - but just think if everyone did this ONE simple thing!
Trees are important in more ways than we realize.
Trees. They are our lifeline. And in every religion and culture, we are
tied together by the tree which gives us life as we know it. While many may go back to the Bible and the
Koran and look at the olive tree, fig tree or even the apple tree, there is no
argument that trees have always been a big part of our history, our
spirituality and a part of our being.
sacred. Trees are symbolic. Trees are
necessary for our life on earth. The
Baobab tree in Africa stores 30,000 gallons of water and provides food,
medicine, clothes, instruments and shelter. The Oyamel fir of Mexico is helping
to protect and prevent extinction of the Monarch butterfly while the Quassia
tree (which also is grown in South America) helps with parasites and
fever. The sacred Kien-Luen tree of
China and Sakaki and Bonsai trees of Japan provide spiritual symbolism while
both countries share the importance of the Camphor tree – an important
medicinal tree. The Rauwolfia tree of
India is an antidote for snake bites. The Birch tree in Russia has sap is which
is turned into tonics and soft drinks to minimize hangovers. The endless
references in both Greek and Egyptian culture and history show how trees have
been essential in life and how they are still utilized today.
It doesn’t matter how you look at it, trees
are vital to our existence, mental, emotional, spiritual and physical ways of
life. Human life itself is dependent on
trees and this is our common thread between all cultures around on the planet.
great importance: Wood for fuel and warmth; nuts, seed, fruit and leaves for
nourishment; they reduce noise and they clean the air from pollution; they
provide timber for products, shelter and animal fodder; trees provide the
essence for all-natural non-toxic cleaning products; trees fight erosion and
also slow storm runoff; and trees provide antibiotics, cough syrups, insect
repellents, lotions, cosmetics, shampoos, antiseptics, sodas, spices and
healing teas from roots. All trees… from
the rain forest to the trees in forests all around our globe have a
perhaps the one thing humans tend to take for granted, which trees provide. And
with the presence of Global Warming, more people are starting to understand the
importance of planting more trees, saving trees, and how integral they are to
the whole process of nature, evolution and maintaining life on the planet.
Trees can help lower heating bills up to 30 percent and also air-conditioning
bills by providing necessary shade (they can make between a 10-12 degree
provide peace and artistic inspiration.
You’re never too young or too old to appreciate a tree’s importance and
this is perhaps most obvious in Shel Silverstein’s book, “The Giving
Tree.” It may shed some light on how
much we take trees for granted. Artists
Gustav Klimt, Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet and more recent artists like David
Hockney have celebrated trees in their works as have many musicians and poets
who have referenced a tree or two in their creative artistry.
But what can
we all do to ensure the future of trees?
The answer is simple: care for the ones we have, recycle paper, don’t
waste Christmas trees (buy ones already in a pot where you can replant it in
the ground to give it a sound future) and plant more trees.
realize how important trees are to life and to your own human existence, you
will understand the power behind saving trees, cultivating more life and even
create a bit more ZEN for yourself.
Nothing gives you more peace than empowering yourself and the planet by
planting a tree. Whether you join
important organizations like the Arbor Day Foundation www.arborday.org
or go to your own local nursery or gardening section of your local home
improvement store and plant a tree in your own backyard or start giving trees
as the gift that keeps on giving – planting a tree is therapeutic. It makes you
feel good. It makes the world a better
place. And it makes you feel
out! Go out on a limb and plant a
tree. And you will ensure the future
generations of your own family tree by doing so.
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