Long Live the Tree, Jude Lobe

In recent his­to­ry we have expe­ri­enced more and heav­ier floods, cli­mate change, poor­er air qual­i­ty, more and longer droughts and high­er inci­dences of depres­sion. So why are we con­stant­ly cut­ting down forests for agri­cul­ture and trees for devel­op­ments? Is it that our edu­ca­tion­al sys­tem failed us by not teach­ing human ecol­o­gy, the study in under­stand­ing the inter­dis­ci­pli­nary con­nec­tions between humans and the nat­ur­al and social environments.

Trees pro­duce the major­i­ty of oxy­gen. They absorb the car­bon diox­ide we breathe out and release the oxy­gen for us to breathe. If there were no trees, there would­n’t be any­thing else to absorb the rain and release it into to the air. They puri­fy the air by absorb­ing pol­lu­tants and they pre­vent ero­sion by calm­ing the effects of winds and rain and pre­vent run-off by absorb­ing the water. 

And food is anoth­er gift trees give us, like fruit and its seeds to cre­ate more fruit. And though I like to think our coun­try should be more invest­ed in solar and oth­er alter­na­tive ener­gies, these dead trees falling in the forests decay and even­tu­al­ly pro­vide us fos­sil fuels…and I hate to say it, plastics. 

Think twice about sup­port­ing cut­ting down trees. Thank our trees for our exis­tence. They Pro­vide us clean air and oxy­gen to breathe, cool our cities dur­ing heat waves, save water, pro­tect us from floods, pre­vent soil ero­sion, pro­vide hoes for wildlife and pro­vide food. It has also be shown that walks in parks and nature trails lifts spir­its and helps suf­fered of depres­sion.  And they are good for our health even when we are just look­ing at them through a win­dow, as stud­ies have shown that “patients with tree views heal faster and with few­er complication.” 

Gath­er­ing at the Sumac by Ellie Reinhold
Mar­cy Lansman