We all know that our planet Earth is warming and that something needs to be done on a global scale. However, until the governments of the world come together in action, we can all do our part and contribute to a global effort to prevent our climate from going haywire.
One of the best things a person can do to help our suffering planet is plant a tree. Yes, a tree can make a real change. If you are wondering how a tree can make a difference, read the following paragraphs. A single tree means much more than meets the eye.
Trees generate a lot of oxygen and release it into our atmosphere. It’s hard to imagine a lot of oxygen, so it makes it easier to understand when translated into the all-encompassing currency: money, or more precisely, the US dollar. In a lifetime, a tree generates $ 31,250 in oxygen. Now that’s a big number, right? But it is far from the only contribution.
Trees also clean our air by absorbing air pollution. And they clean a lot of air. Again, to put this in perspective, the easiest way is to quantify air pollution control in monetized terms. Be prepared for another big number here … In a lifetime, a single tree provides $ 62,000 in air pollution control. Nice. Now take another breath, because it’s not all there yet.
Trees also recycle water by absorbing it and using it over and over again. Put a dollar value on this process, and you’ll have a tree recycled in your lifetime worth $ 37,500 worth of water. And the same process applies to the soil: the tree’s roots literally hold the earth together and prevent precious soil erosion. By now I guess you’re asking, well, how much? And the answer is amazing. In a lifetime, a tree controls soil erosion worth $ 31,250.
A quick calculation shows that a tree contributes to positive measurable actions of our planet worth 162,000 dollars. And you know what? This sum does not yet reflect the full contribution. Trees do more than that. Each tree provides shade, protects and houses countless animals that in turn take their place in Mother Nature’s great plan. And to add to all of this, just look at a tree for a minute. It’s not beautiful? There is no measure for the beauty that the trees radiate around them; this is pure joy.
So what are we all waiting for? If we could all plant a single tree today, we will be talking about billions of dollars in contribution to global efforts to improve our climate and prevent it from changing beyond the point of no return.
Planting a tree is very easy. It would take about 10 minutes of your time and even less than a dollar to buy the sapling. If you are the type of person who does not like mud under nails, there are other alternatives. Some online services offer to plant trees in exchange for a monetary contribution. If you can afford it, go ahead. A third option that is completely free is to use an online search engine that uses your ad revenue to plant trees, like the one I use (MyGoodPage.com) and you can find a little more about it in the About the author section below. .
Planting trees is a viable way to make a personal contribution to our environment. If you can plant just one tree this week, you will change the world. Hey, and while you’re out there, please give me a hug to the tree …