Last updated on May 16, 2017 at 02:41 pm
As Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax once said, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
Something as simple as planting a tree can have a great impact on the Earth. Being that today is Arbor Day, there’s no better time to start than today.
Still not sure? Here are 15 reasons you should plant a tree…today!
- Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30%.
- Well-maintained trees and shrubs can increase property value by 14-27%.
- One tree produces an estimated 260 pounds of oxygen per year. How much is that? It’s enough to support two people every year.
- A single tree can absorb as much carbon in a year as a car produces while driving 26,000 miles.
- Trees are renewable, biodegradable, and recyclable.
- Trees generate jobs and contribute raw materials for buildings, newspapers, books, and more.
- Some studies indicate that neighborhoods with trees had lower crime rates.
- Other studies show a strong link between being in nature and improved stress levels.
- People who live near trees are generally happier and have healthier relationships.
- Each average-sized tree provides approximately $7 savings in annual environmental benefits such as energy conservation and reduced pollution.
- Trees provide food and shelter for wildlife.
- Plant a fruit or nut tree on your property and enjoy the fruits of your labor!
- Trees help reduce soil erosion and water runoff from storms.
- When planted alongside roads, trees can help reduce glare.
- One word: treehouse.
I can’t stress the importance of planting trees! They are miracle workers when it comes to recycling, protecting, and providing. Many can take 20+ years to grow to maturity so the best time to plant a tree is now.
If you live in an area where you just can’t plant a tree, check out the Arbor Day Foundation to see how you can help. It’s also worthwhile to look into your local park systems. Many need volunteers to lend a hand. There are also several groups such as the New Jersey Tree Foundation that organizes tree planting and educational events for communities.
Let’s start caring a whole awful lot and watch things get better because this planet is the only one we’ve got! Plymouth Rock Assurance wants to know: how are you celebrating Arbor Day this year?