Why are trees so important to our environment? Trees are nature’s natural filtration systems. Without the continuous replenishment of planting trees when hundreds are excavated from heavily populated forests and wooded areas, we will definitely struggle to breathe and survive. A tree helps to clean the air and releases oxygen for us to breathe. They absorb carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, greenhouse gases and nitrogen dioxide. Trees absorb pollutants from the soil. Trees can help to slow down water runoff from flash flooding. Trees help to control noise pollution. Overall, trees are a very important part of our environmental equation.
As we celebrate Arbor Day let us participate in planting and caring for our trees. The first Arbor Day was celebrated in Nebraska on April 10, 1872. During this time, more than one million trees were planted. Founded by J. Sterling Morton, he worked to improve agricultural techniques in his state of residency and across the U.S.
To learn more about the programs, history, educational resources and volunteer opportunities with the Arbor Day celebration and beyond, visit http://www.arborday.org/. Have a beautiful and productive Arbor Day!
As we celebrate Earth Day today, we recall a very poignant video by Michael Jackson called “Earth Song” that will forever leave an emotional thumbprint on our hearts. We want to share that video with you, but want you to be forewarned that there are portions of this recording that contain graphic images you may find a little disturbing, albeit a very real environmental epidemic. Michael Jackson creatively showed us vivid imagery of global concern about what we are doing to the world. As you watch this video, think about the message behind each scene and think about what you can do to make this world a better place for all of us.
We cannot simply celebrate “Earth Day” only on one day during the year and totally disregard doing something environmentally edifying during the other 364 days of the year. We must celebrate “Earth Day” to commemorate the things that we have done and continue to do in order to save and sustain our planet. This world is a gift to us and you do not abuse gifts. When we neglect the environment, we neglect ourselves. When we abuse the environment, we abuse ourselves. When we help the environment to be positively fruitful, we too will be fruitful in many sectors of our lives. Join in to help fortify the lives of others and this planet we live in.
What about us? What can you do today?
Happy Earth Day everyone!
More attention is being placed on our accountability and responsibility for taking care of Mother Earth. We have to honestly look at ourselves to see if we are being as responsible as we should be, in order to build a cleaner and healthier environment for the generations to come.
According to the Columbia Encyclopedia, Earth Day, which is April 22, is a day to celebrate the environment. The first Earth Day was organized in 1970 to promote the ideas of ecology, encourage respect for life on earth, and highlight growing concern over pollution of the soil, air, and water. Earth Day is now observed in 140 nations with outdoor performances, exhibits, street fairs, and television programs that focus on environmental issues.
To learn more about the official Earth Day Campaign, go to this website: http://www.earthday.org/earthday2010
Let us unite to make EVERY DAY Earth Day! Let us continue to fight for a healthier environment because it’s all up to us! Our future depends on it!