Have you ever participated in an Arbor Day or Earth Day event? These annual celebrations are designed to inspire us to make a positive difference for our planet Earth. Yet, every ordinary day we are given the opportunity to benefit our environment. We may ask ourselves, “What can I do to help the Earth?” or “Will planting one tree really make a difference?”
enefits that Trees Provide
- Vital protection for the Earth’s topsoil from erosion
- Oxygen for existence
- Homes for wildlife
- Building material
- Fuel for warmth and energy
- Office and school supplies
- Shade from the heat of the sun
- Beautification of our surroundings
- Food for humans and wildlife
“To exist as a nation, to prosper as a state, and to live as a people, we must have trees.” Theodore Roosevelt
Trees definitely benefit the Earth and we can too by taking action in April. Earth Day is Saturday, April 22nd and Arbor Day will be on April 28th this year. Both of these national days have a rich history and bring awareness to environmental concerns. For example, Arbor Day was established by J. Sterling Morton, in the state of Nebraska, as a challenge for citizens to plant as many trees as possible in one day. The citizens accepted the challenge and planted an astounding one million trees. This was done in 1892 so imagine how many more trees can be planted in 2017. If each of us plants just one tree this year, the combined total of all people planting trees across our nation would be incredible! When we plant a tree, we plant a “gift” that grows for future generations.
It’s fun to get involved planting trees during a local community celebration or at an event in a nearby city or state. However, rather than traveling far, we can create unique celebrations by gathering together with our family or neighbors.
- Plant a tree or another type of plant
- Pick up trash in our neighborhood or local park
- Start composting at home or through our sanitation provider’s service.
- Buy local produce.
- Reduce our use of disposable plastic and/or reuse and recycle items.
- Teach a child about the value of a tree.
- Read a book about the environment.
- Have a picnic under a tree or in a park.
- Go on a hike in the woods.
Whether through education, individual action, or community participation, we can all make a difference this April and throughout the year for our planet Earth. For more from the Mustard Seed visit www.themustardseed.com.