Planting Trees to Save the Planet

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We all know that our planet Earth is warming up and that something needs to be done on a global scale. However, until the governments of the world unite in action, we can all do our share and contribute to a worldwide effort to save our climate from going crazy.

One of the best things a person can do to help our suffering planet is to plant a tree. Yes, one tree can make a real change. If you ask yourself how one tree can make a difference, please read the next few paragraphs. A single tree means much more than what it may seem.

Trees generate a lot of oxygen and release it to our atmosphere. It’s difficult to imagine a large quantity of oxygen, so it makes it easier to grasp when translated into the all encompassing currency – money, or more precisely, the US dollar. In a lifetime, one tree generates $31,250 worth of oxygen. Now, that’s a big number, right? But it’s far from being the sole contribution.

Trees also clear our air by absorbing air pollution. And they clean a lot of air. Again, to put this into perspective, the easiest way is to quantify air pollution control in monetized terms. Be prepared for another big number here… In a life time, a single tree provides $62,000 worth of air pollution control. Nice. Now take another breathe, because it’s not all yet.

Trees also recycle water by absorbing them and using them again and again. Put a dollar value to this process, and you get that one tree recycles in its lifetime $37,500 worth of water. And the same process goes for the soil – the tree’s roots hold the earth together literally and prevent precious soil erosion. By now I guess you’re asking, well, how much? And the answer is staggering. In a life time, one tree controls $31,250 worth of soil erosion.

A quick calculation yields that one tree contributes to our planet positive measurable actions worth $162,000. And you know what? This sum still doesn’t reflect the entire contribution. Trees do more than that. Each tree shades, protects, and houses countless animals who in their turn take their place in the big plan of Mother Nature. And to add on top of all this, just look at a tree for a minute. Isn’t it beautiful? There’s no measurement for the beauty trees radiate around them; this is pure joy.

So, what are we all waiting for? If we could all just plant a single tree today, we will be talking about billions of dollars in contribution to the global efforts to improve our climate and save it from changing beyond the point of no return.

Planting a tree is very easy. It would take you about 10 minutes of your time and even less than a dollar to purchase the young tree. If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like mud under the fingernails, there are other alternatives. A few online services offer planting trees in return for a money contribution. If you can afford it, please go ahead. A third option which is completely free is using an online search engine that uses its advertising revenues to plant trees, like the one I use ( and you can find a little more about it in the About the Author section below.

Planting trees is a viable way to make a personal contribution to our environment. If you can plant even a single tree this week, you will be changing the world. Hey, and while you’re out there, please give the tree a hug for me…

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