Today is Arbor Day. The day for planting and learning about trees.
Genesis 1:11-12 says, “11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.”
Good created trees and all vegetation on the third day during creation. Even before God had created man, plants were designed to produce fruits to provide for life.
Trees are a very important part of life for every living creature on the plant. They provide shelter, shade, oxygen, food, and raw materials for production.
According to the University of Southern Indiana, “The average American uses seven trees a year in paper, wood, and other products made from trees. This amounts to about 2,000,000,000 trees per year!”
More fact from the University of Southern Indiana include:
- To produce each week’s Sunday newspapers, 500,000 trees must be cut down.
- Recycling a single run of the Sunday New York Times would save 75,000 trees.
- If all our newspaper was recycled, we could save about 250,000,000 trees each year!
- If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we would save about 25,000,000 trees a year.
And those are just facts that pertain to newspapers. Think of all the junk mail, paper used in schools, and paper that is used by businesses.
Reducing paper consumption can reduce the amount of trees that are cut down each year drastically. Recycling paper is necessary in preserving tree populations. Paper mills that produce paper from recycled pulp use less of energy needed than raw producing factories.
The following short video explains the importance of trees and how beneficial they are to have around.
Trees reduce CO2 levels and produce oxygen that is required for living things to survive. Trees also take in pollution and particles that would be harmful if humans intake through breathing.
Trees take years to grow to maturity for fruit production and to be harvesting size. Trees are an positive investment economically and for improving ecosystems’ health.
Love your Earth by planting and preserving the trees. Treat everyday like it is Arbor Day.