Ways to Save Trees
The forests of the world are reducing at alarming rates for those of us concerned about increases in global
temperatures and the loss of unique habitats for plants and animals.
Even in our towns and cities green areas are being cut to make way for housing and commercial development
increasing the size of these concrete jungles, or should that be deserts!
As individuals we may seem powerless to have any effect on this march of progress but there are some simple ways
to save some of those trees.
In our homes we use product packaged in cardboard sourced from woodchip, timber for furniture and construction,
and electricity from coal mines that needed thousands of acres of forest cleared for access.
Much of this energy and construction framing comes from non renewable forests in tropical climates where the
risk of erosion and flooding increases as more and more land is cleared.
The solution for the individual is to make choices on what we build with and where we buy our household needs.
Homes using structurally integrated panels for
example use much less framing timber and with their insulation properties can reduce energy requirements for
heating and cooling as well.
Look for furniture made from recycled timber or fast growing plants that can be easily replanted. Often this
will save you money as well!
Paper manufacturing is largely based on soft wood from trees that are quick growing and where the forests are
replanted soon after harvest. The effect on the environment doesn't seem to have an impact until you examine the
water required to process paper and cardboard.
In addition, the bleaching chemicals that are allowed to enter groundwater and vast amounts of energy used in
the process have major negative impacts on the whole ecosystems where trees are grown.
We can save trees and the effects on them by using less paper and buying products that have minimal
Use carry bags made from recycled material for shopping and use refillable mugs instead of paper cups for your
take out coffee. Each of us can cut down our consumption and make a real contribution to a greener future just by
making small changes in our behavior.
The best contribution we can make is to plant more trees of course.
Whether you add a few trees to your yard or frontage, take part in community reforestation projects, or
offset your carbon footprint when using airlines that
give you a choice to take part in their forest planting is up to you.
The end result is that you can leave a legacy for future generations to enjoy.
If you are planting at home consider nut or fruit trees that will give you a return for decades as well as shade
and a pleasant outlook. Planting species that are native to your environment will also provide shelter and food to
animals and birds that have reducing habitats in our cities.
Become active in the local projects that fight to save parks and farmland from being sold to housing developers
that don't have a commitment to retaining old trees or planting new ones in their projects.
Remember trees benefit communities in many ways not just reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the
They can act as a barrier against prevailing winds; keep houses cooler in summer with shade on the sunny side of
a home, and be a place for children to play.
Save a tree now and make your home, community and the world a greener place for the future.
You can also grow your own fruit, vegetables, and other plants, check out this great guide to getting