spring fever. Call it procrastination. This time of year I’d
rather be planting something outside than sitting at my
computer. And what luck! The theme of this year’s Earth Day
— scheduled for April 22 — is "Trees for the earth.
Let’s get planting."
guys are serious. The goal, say Earth Day organizers, is to
plant 7.8 billion trees around the world over the next five
trees? They are green in more ways than one. Trees absorb
excess carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. In a single
year, according to Earth Day sponsors, one acre of mature
trees can absorb the amount of C02 produced by driving an
average car for 26,000 miles. And trees help the air smell
good because they can trap odors and foul-smelling pollutant
gases in their leaves and bark.
a short quiz to see what you know about trees, including their
contribution to our nutritional health:
Day — a day set aside each April to celebrate the importance
of trees — originated in a) Nebraska; b) California; c) the
National Mall. Answer: a. More than a million trees were
planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day in 1872, according
to the Arbor Day Foundation.
to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United
Nations, trees can supply food and nutrients from: a) fruit;
b) nuts; c) roots; d) leaves; e) bark. Answer: All are
correct. However, not all parts of all trees are edible. Check
with an expert before you imbibe.
harvested from trees include: a) allspice; b) Tabasco sauce;
c) bay leaves; d) cinnamon. Answers: a,c, d.
to the Arbor Day Foundation, researchers from Texas A&M
University found that — within five minutes of looking at
scenes of trees — study participants a) fell asleep; b) had
daydreams about Tarzan; c) had measurably lower blood
pressures and muscle tension. Answer: c.
a tree that will thrive in your area, a) ask a garden
professional; b) dig a hole and pray; c) enter a tree name or
zip code at https://www.arborday.org/trees/ and the Arbor Day
Foundation will help you find a tree that’s best for
planting in your state. Answer: All can be helpful.
take these giant blessings in our lives for granted, the Arbor
Day Foundation reminds us that trees are amazing. They clean
air and water, slow climate change, and feed the human body
and soul. All we need to do is plant and care for them.