All too often we neglect the natural environment. From our backyards, to across the globe, it is essential to take care of the earth in order for it to take care of us. Sometimes focusing on the earth as a whole can be overwhelming, so today, we encourage you to take a moment to focus on the importance of trees and what you can do to honor and protect them. This earth day, engage and educate youth about our wonderful environment and empower them to protect it!
Facts on trees to share with your kids!
Trees provide shade and wind buffering and when can reduce annual heating and cooling costs by 2.1 billion dollars and can reduce air conditioning needs by 30%!
Trees don't lose their ability with age, in fact, mature trees are able to reduce 70 times more pollution than a recently planted tree.
Trees produce the oxygen that we need to breathe. One tree provides approximately 260 pounds of oxygen per year, so two mature trees can create enough oxygen annually to support a family of four!
Trees help absorb carbon dioxide, which is one of the leading causes of climate change. One tree can absorb as much carbon in a year as a car produces while driving 26,000 miles!
Dendrochronology is the dating and study of annual rings in trees that can sometimes lead to the exact calendar year that tree rings were formed in certain kinds of wood.
Here are a few simple ways you can help save trees today!
Be smarter with paper
Reuse scrap paper, use both sides of the paper, and print less!
Use a re-usable water bottle and mug
Carry your own bottle with you, it makes a big difference!
Use cloth napkins in your lunch
Wipe away your mess in a more sustainable way!
Pack lunches in reusable containers instead of plastic bags
Plant a tree and start a garden to help take care of the earth!
Have you ever wondered what the inside of a tree looks like? When you look inside, trees read like a storybook, telling the tales of their long lives. By studying the rings of a tree, you are able to see a snapshot of history. Create your own tree-ring craft to help kids learn how to honor trees and their role in the environment!
- Old tree branch
- Saw to cut (adults only)
- Paint brushes
- Writing tools
- Any other decorative material you might want
2. Get Outside and Connect
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SavATree. "Tree Facts | Facts About Trees." Savatree.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Apr. 2017.