This week we celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day. What better way to honor the day than to learn a bit about trees. Did you know:
– There are 3 TRILLION trees in the world
– One Acre of forest absorbs 6 TONS of carbon dioxide and puts out 4 TONS of oxygen. ONE TREE produces enough oxygen for 2 people per year.
– Exposure to trees and nature can reduce blood pressure, relieve muscle tension, and reduce mental fatigue.
– Neighborhoods with more trees experience less crime.
“I think that I shall never see, a poem as lovely as a tree.” – Joyce Kilmer
How about showing your favorite tree some love?
To celebrate these wonders of nature, I am giving away a copy of the new PB by Best-selling author Beth Ferry called SQUIRREL’S FAMILY TREE. Read my review of this delightful book below.
“This story is a perfect introduction for young children into the world of nature – specifically the importance of squirrels to the growth of oak trees. The rhyming structure and soft illustrations invite the reader into the outdoors and the life cycle of both tree and squirrel. Perfect book to curl up with your favorite kiddo for a read-aloud.”
Just leave a comment and mention your favorite kind of tree and I will put your name in the hat. One winner will be randomly chosen and announced on this blog on FRIDAY, MAY 3.
So what tree is your favorite? Mine is the sweetgum.
Last Friday’s post had suggestions for ways to be kinder and gentler to the Earth. Today I have a few more suggestions in honor of Earth Day.
1. Commit to perform an act of Green at: http://www.earthday.org
2.Sign up for Community Recycling’s CR Home program where you follow their 3 simple steps to send gently used clothing, shoes, and accessories to those in need. YOU put them in a box. YOU print a shipping label and place it on the box. YOU leave the parcel for your mail carrier who will pick it up FREE OF CHARGE. For more info: http://www.communityrecycling.biz/programs/cr-home
3. Read…and Seed: At bloomin.com, purchase Bloomin Seed Paper that is 100% biodegradeable and embedded with seeds. Use the paper as stationary, for invitations, grocery lists, then plant it and watch your garden come to life. http://www.bloomin.com
HAPPY EARTH DAY!
Celebrate Earth Day on Monday, April 22, by planting a tree. The Arbor Foundation will send free seedlings to anyone who wants them. Go to:arborday.org for your 10 free tree seedlings.
If you have no place to plant a tree but would like to honor the day, take the kids to a local park or playground and pick up trash for disposal and recycling. Everyone gets a good feeling knowing they are doing something positive to make a local spot better.
Here are some green things you can do to celebrate Earth Day.
1. Use less paper. Copy on both sides of the paper or use blank side as scrap paper.
2. Buy copy paper that is made from recycled content. RECYCLE used paper and magazines.
3. Wrap gifts in re-usable gift bags or newspaper.
4. Use washable rags/cloths to wipe hands or spills instead of paper towels. Saves money and trees. Cloth napkins are also better for the environment and are easy to wash in a machine.
5. Try going Screen Free for the day. Avoid TV, video games, computer and unnecessary texting. Discover the world outside. Learn a skill like pitching a tent, building a tipi campfire, planting a herb garden or identifying plants/trees in the neighborhood.
Enjoy the fresh air and beauty of “nature’s air conditioners”. Hug a tree and have a Happy Earth Day!