Arbor Day is a national holiday celebrated on the last Friday in April to encourage the planting, caring, and appreciation of trees. Did you know that trees are the longest living organisms on our planet, and they are one of the greatest natural resources? Did you also know that a mature tree can remove as much as 70 times more pollution that a newly planted tree, but that more than 4 billion trees are cut down globally every year? I am always saddened to hear stories about 60-year-old trees being cut down to build storefronts, parking lots, or new roads. My children have seen first hand construction vehicles tearing down trees that looked to be no more than a few years old. It surprised me how much an action that many consider to be unimportant and insignificant could stir up fear, sadness, anger, and disgust in young children.
This weekend, get out there and enjoy the trees around you. Though many of them may have just been planted, imagine the benefits of their growth and being in just a couple of years. There are many organizations where you can make small donations to help keep our planet green and thriving. Here are just a few: