A big part of the Care for the Earth Project is promoting the “Billion Tree Campaign,” coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme, to help care for the Earth by planting trees all over the world. The “Billion Tree Campaign” encourages corporations, governments, organizations, and individuals to make pledges to plant trees all year long. The Gatherer Institute recommends that the actual planting be done by Trees for the Future,” an award-winning non-profit organization who can plant a forest of 1000 trees for $100 and plant 100 trees for $40.

The “Billion Tree Campaign” is the biggest tree planting effort in the history of the world. Over a billion trees have been pledged to plant in just the first five months of 2007! To learn more, visit the United Nations website:

“When we plant trees, we plant the seeds of peace and seeds of hope.” Professor Wangari Maathai

Professor Wangari Maathai at the Billion Tree Campaign launch at the United Nations Climate Crisis Conference.

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We hope our Gatherer Institute message, that "we are caretakers, not only of each other, but of the earth itself," will speed the day when all life is more respected and we can live together in a good way.

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Trees are important, valuable and necessary to our very existence. It's not too hard to believe that, without trees we humans would not exist on this beautiful planet. In fact, some claim can be made that our mother's and father's ancestors climbed trees - another debate for another site. Still, trees are essential to life as we know it and are the ground troops on an environmental frontline. Our existing forest and the trees we plant work in tandem to make a better world.

Trees give us so much!

"The very air we breathe is improved by the presence of trees." Mary Kay Woodworth

In addition to all the great medicine (such as aspirin from tree bark or medicinal herbs from leaves, twigs, and roots); wood to build houses and furniture; food from the apple, pear, banana and orange trees; and of course all that delicious Maple tree syrup:

1) Trees Produce Oxygen
Let's face it, we could not exist as we do if there were no trees. A mature leafy tree produces as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year. What many people don't realize is the forest also acts as a giant filter that cleans the air we breath.

2) Trees Clean the Soil
The term phytoremediation is a fancy word for the absorption of dangerous chemicals and other pollutants that have entered the soil. Trees can either store harmful pollutants or actually change the pollutant into less harmful forms. Trees filter sewage and farm chemicals, reduce the effects of animal wastes, clean roadside spills and clean water runoff into streams.

3) Trees Control Noise Pollution
Trees muffle urban noise almost as effectively as stone walls. Trees, planted at strategic points in a neighborhood or around your house, can abate major noises from freeways and airports.

4) Trees Slow Storm Water Runoff
Flash flooding can be dramatically reduced by a forest or by planting trees. One Colorado blue spruce, either planted or growing wild, can intercept more than 1000 gallons of water annually when fully grown. Underground water-holding aquifers are recharged with this slowing down of water runoff.

5) Trees Are Carbon Sinks
To produce its food, a tree absorbs and locks away carbon dioxide in the wood, roots and leaves. Carbon dioxide is a global warming suspect. A forest is a carbon storage area or a "sink" that can lock up as much carbon as it produces. This locking-up process "stores" carbon as wood and not as an available "greenhouse" gas.

6) Trees Clean the Air
Trees help cleanse the air by intercepting airborne particles, reducing heat, and absorbing such pollutants as carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide. Trees remove this air pollution by lowering air temperature, through respiration, and by retaining particulates.

7) Trees Shade and Cool
Shade resulting in cooling is what a tree is best known for. Shade from trees reduces the need for air conditioning in summer. In winter, trees break the force of winter winds, lowering heating costs. Studies have shown that parts of cities without cooling shade from trees can literally be "heat islands" with temperatures as much as 12 degrees Fahrenheit higher than surrounding areas.

8) Trees Act as Windbreaks
During windy and cold seasons, trees located on the windward side act as windbreaks. A windbreak can lower home heating bills up to 30% and have a significant effect on reducing snow drifts. A reduction in wind can also reduce the drying effect on soil and vegetation behind the windbreak and help keep precious topsoil in place.

9) Trees Fight Soil Erosion
Erosion control has always started with tree and grass planting projects. Tree roots bind the soil and their leaves break the force of wind and rain on soil. Trees fight soil erosion, conserve rainwater and reduce water runoff and sediment deposit after storms.

10) Trees Increase Property Values
Real estate values increase when trees beautify a property or neighborhood. Trees can increase the property value of your home by 15% or more.

by Steve Nix, Forestry Editor,


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