Why Trees Matter
Written by Plant With Purpose on April 17, 2012 in General
Last week The New York Times featured an article about something near and dear to our hearts here at Plant With Purpose…TREES of course!
In his article Jim Robbins, author of the upcoming book “The Man Who Planted Trees,” describes the importance of these miracles of nature and the most essential benefits they offer the Earth and its inhabitants.
Trees are crucial to the survival of the planet and the regulation of life. Not only do they provide beauty and refuge in even the most uninhabitable places, they also regulate climate, work to filter contaminated water, and act as natural immunity boosters. A simple stroll through the woods can reduce stress and increase cancer fighting cells in our bodies, something the Japanese have named “forest bathing.” Remember that Aspirin you took yesterday for your headache, the main ingredient was extracted from willow trees. Even as they decompose, acid from tree leaves leaks into the ocean providing energy for plankton thus providing sustenance up the food chain all the way to us.
Robbins echos the vision of Plant With Purpose when he states the under-utilization of trees within farming and agricultural technology.“Working trees” can be strategically planted to limit land erosion, improve soil fertility, and catch run off chemicals from farmland. Plant With Purpose works with rural communities to promote the untapped potential of planting trees and teach the importance of strategic farming.
In 2011 Plant With Purpose planted a total of 973,803 trees across six different countries. The results have been an increase in crop production, improvement in water and air quality, decrease in disease, and ultimately an empowering of the poor.
For only ten dollars you can help plant an orchard in a community where their livelihood is dependent on their land. We invite you to join Jim Robbins and Plant With Purpose in our efforts of promoting and preserving such a magnificent part of creation.
And, for the entire month of April, your tree planting efforts will be doubled by a matching grant if you give to our Restoring Fruitfulness project in the Dominican Republic through the 58: Global Impact Tour.
“TREES are on the front lines of our changing climate. And when the oldest trees in the world suddenly start dying, it’s time to pay attention. North America’s ancient alpine bristlecone forests are falling victim to a voracious beetle and an Asian fungus. In Texas, a prolonged drought killed more than five million urban shade trees last year and an additional half-billion trees in parks and forests. In the Amazon, two severe droughts have killed billions more.” To read more of Robbins’ article in The New York Times, click here.