Be more green!

You can make a difference today!

Make many small changes to make one big change!

And you’ll save a lot!

Take action now!

Here’s one idea.

Plant a Tree!    

“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” Chinese Proverb

It’s Spring, a time of growth and renewal. From fruit trees to maples here in Maine spring is a wonderful time for planting and preparing for future harvests.

Following that thought there are two green holiday’s during this proliferate month of April.  National Arbor Day, April 27, a day that celebrates the planting of trees and of course, Earth Day celebrated this year on April 22.

Why plant trees?  We all know that trees help us breathe.  Trees remove 100 to 120 billion tons of carbon each year from man-made sources.  They use the carbon dioxide that we release into the atmosphere and store it for energy.  They release oxygen into the atmosphere and filter pollutants.  Mature trees can absorb roughly 48 pounds of CO2 a year. The tree in turn releases enough oxygen to sustain two human beings. They filter rain water and reduce topsoil runoff.  The USDA reports that 100 mature trees can reduce runoff caused by rainfall by up to 100,000 gallons! Water originating in our national forests provides drinking water for over 3400 communities, and approximately 60 million individuals.

Trees provide a windbreak for your home in the winter, shade and cool your home in the summer and provide shade and cool the environment in our cities.  The shade and wind buffering provided by trees reduces annual heating and cooling costs by 2.1 billion dollars. They also provide an eco system for birds, bees, and assorted local fauna.

The more trees the cleaner the air, the cooler the planet, the cleaner the water, the healthier the planet

This makes perfect green sense.

Get ten free trees here.

Find carbon credits here.

Donate a tree here.

Find more resources that will help you take action now here.

Find environmental organizations to support here.

 


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