April 7

Why You Must Plant Trees Now While You Still Can

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Plant trees. Did you know that our planet is currently losing forests at a staggering rate? We’re losing more than 18 million acres of forests every year. That’s about 27 soccer fields of forest lost every minute!  

Since 2010, EARTHDAY.ORG™ has planted tens of millions of trees with The Canopy Project. This improves our shared environment by planting trees across the globe. 

The Powerful Benefits of Trees

Health Benefits of Forests

As the saying goes, the best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second-best time is today. To the left, the graphic by OneTreePlanted, lists many of the health benefits of forests. 

Climate change and provide food and habitat for the species of the world. But our forests are under threat. EARTHDAY.ORG’s Canopy Project plants trees to benefit local communities, increase habitat for species, and combat climate change.

Trees can be found in various places, including backyards and tropical rain forests. Around the world, trees are hard at work, providing the necessities of life. Trees clean our air and water. They provide habitat for wildlife. Trees connect communities. They support our health and well-being.

Trees filter the air and stave off the effects of climate change. Also, trees reverse the impacts of land degradation and provide food, energy and income to communities. 

Trees Improve Home Values and Reduce Expenses

According to a study by the USDA Forest Service, trees can add an average of 10% to a property’s value. Thus, homeowners can get a huge return on investment when they plant trees. 

According to the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers, a mature tree can have an appraised value of between $1,000 and $10,000. It takes years for trees to reach mature size, so plant now and enjoy the benefits of trees.

The American Power Association estimates that effective landscaping can reduce a home cooling bill by as much as 50 percent a year. Thus, it can lead to big savings.

Tree Jokes from Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation

5 Tree Jokes from The Arbor Day Foundation
5 Tree Jokes from The Arbor Day Foundation

Focus on The Future

Earth Day and Arbor Day are special holidays that represent hope for the future. In 2022, National Earth Day is Fri. Apr. 22 and National Arbor Day is Fri. Apr. 29.

Every day, there are easy things to do to make the earth better for future generations. Recycle, re-use, and re-purpose items. Plant trees that will grow to provide clean air and water, cooling shade, habitat for wildlife, and natural beauty. This also makes for healthier communities and a better tomorrow. 

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