Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Our Moral Duty to Plant Trees

  • We need trees to live.
  • People and animals depend on trees for oxygen.  When we breathe in, our bodies use oxygen.  When we breathe out, we give off carbon dioxide.  Trees do just the opposite.  They take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen.
  • A mature leafy tree produces as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year.
  • Trees help clean the air by intercepting particles and absorbing pollutants.
  • Trees help cool the Earth by shading. 
  • A windbreak of trees can lower home heating bills up to 30%.
  • Trees give off moisture.  More moisture in the air means more rain.
  • The 200,000 leaves on a healthy 100-foot tree can take 11,000 gallons of water from the soil and breathe it into the air in a single growing season. 
  • We depend on trees for wood we burn for heat.
  • We need trees for the wood to build houses.
  • We need trees to make paper.  
  • Roots of the trees underground are a natural water cleaning system.
  • Trees prevent soil erosion.
  • Trees help prevent flooding.
  • Birds build their nests in trees.
  • Animals live inside trees or build homes on their branches.
  • Trees muffle neighborhood noise.
  • Trees give us fruits and flowers
  • Some trees have medicinal value and help make medicine.
  • Trees give us things like benches, stairways, church pews, tables and chairs, picture frames, guitars, pianos, toothpaste, coffee filters, movie tickets, postage stamps, baby cribs and cradles, candy wrappers and cupcake cups.  
  • More than 5,000 things we use every day are made from trees or from their extracts.
  • Trees can increase the property value of our homes by 15% or more.
  • Trees bring out the kid in letting us swing from their branches.
  • Is there anything more beautiful than a drive through a National Forest.
  • Be sure to look for the wind chimes in today's picture.  

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