Trees = The GreenGold”Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” ? Warren Buffett”What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.
” ? Chris Maser”The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Trees provide us with many benefits necessary for survival, including clean air, filtered water, shade, and food. They also give us hope and insight, and courage to persevere – even in the harshest conditions. Trees teach us to stay rooted while soaring to great heights.
Deforestation has only become more rampant as the pace of industrialization has increased, and trees – some that are hundreds of years old and support whole ecosystems – continue to be cut down or otherwise destroyed in many parts of the world at an alarming rate of over 18 million acres per year. Such immense deforestation has also contributed to a significant loss of wildlife biodiversity, and even extinction of species, as well as loss of arable land, poverty, hunger, conflict, and property damage. When trees disappear from landscapes, the result is multi-dimensional in harmful consequences. Not only is it necessary to protect existing forests AND plant new ones to create a net positive global benefit, but advocacy, education, public involvement, research, creativity, inspirational leadership, and community-based initiatives are all interconnected components of the greater mission we are all a part of.
If we want to create a greener world, we’ll need to work together.