"God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease,
avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools."
- John Muir, conservationist
This week, The Weekly Beet reports on the powerful purpose of trees. The Beet Girls go treehugger, revealing the importance of protecting our invaluable forests.
Some people will do anything to protect a tree! From John Muir to Julia Butterfly Hill, the ongoing quest to save Mother Earth's most valuable possession has always been a battle! Take Julia Butterfly Hill, an activist and environmentalist, who went to the extent of living in a 180 foot tall, 600 year old California Redwood tree for 738 days just so her cause could be heard. Her bravery forced the Pacific Lumber Company to stop the deforestation of 3 acres of ancient forest, specifically the Redwood known as Luna. Unfortunately, there are not enough courageous butterflies like Hill to stop the greedy commerce that is driving the rapid deforestation of the planet. With one and a half acres of rainforest being destroyed every second, scientists estimate that the last remaining rainforests could be completely destroyed in the next 40 years.
And, we question why people go to such lengths to protect the environment! It is because these eco warriors understand that trees are essential to man's existence on Planet Earth and without them we can not survive. Trees are the main source of life, as they provide us with oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, "One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people." Trees balance the environment by housing thousands of animal species, by filtering the air, and by protecting us from global warming. The bottom line is we can not live without trees!
Here are the top 10 reasons why The Beet Girls say you should start caring about your trees:
- Hugging a tree can literally have a grounding and therapeutic affect on the human body. Try it! Click here to learn the benefits of treehugging.
- Trees play a major role in climate control.
- Trees protect us from pollution as they act as an air filter, absorbing nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone. (An average tree absorbs ten pounds of pollutants from the air each year, including four
pounds of ozone and three pounds of particles).
- Trees shield us from UV rays and lower air temperature by as much as 15 degrees.
- Trees aid in conserving energy, as they can reduce air conditioning use by 50%.
- Trees conserve rainwater and fight soil erosion.
- Trees act as windbreakers.
- Trees combat the greenhouse effect.
- Trees house, protect, and nourish wildlife. 100 species are lost every day due to tropical deforestation.
- Trees fight floods as their roots absorb water. One tree’s roots can absorb 400 gallons of water per day!
The Beet Girls say be a treehugger! Don't miss a Beet. Stay tuned for next week.
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