Every year, we celebrate Arbor Day on September 21, which is one of nature's greatest symbols. Protecting them and planting new ones means taking care of life on the planet, which you know is part of our purpose here at Abundance Brasil.
But it's worth remembering that this should be everyone's commitment! Let's take advantage of the commemorative date to explore a little more about the importance of this subject and reinforce the main reasons why we should support a world with more trees! Read on to find out more.
About the origin of Arbor Day
The celebration of Arbor Day stems from the need to raise awareness and preserve the environment. The story began in 1872, when J. Sterling Morton, a journalist and nature enthusiast, proposed the idea of a special day dedicated to planting trees in Nebraska, USA. The proposal was accepted, and on April 10, 1872, the first Arbor Day was celebrated with the planting of more than one million trees.
This initiative took some time to spread, and it was only in 1970 that the official day was established as a global celebration during the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment. Since then, this date has annually been a favorable occasion to promote actions to plant and preserve trees around the world.
10 reasons to plant and encourage tree planting
1. Oxygen Production and CO2 Absorption: Trees are true oxygen factories. They absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere during photosynthesis and release oxygen (O2), making the air we breathe cleaner and healthier. A single tree can produce enough oxygen to sustain up to four people.
2. Reducing Global Warming: Trees play a key role in the fight against climate change. They act as carbon sinks, storing CO2 in their biomass and in the soil. This helps to reduce the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, thus reducing global warming.
3. Protecting Biodiversity: Forests are habitats rich in biological diversity. Trees provide shelter and food for a variety of animal species, including birds, insects and mammals. By protecting forests, we are preserving the biodiversity of our planet.
4. Regulating the Water Cycle: Trees play a fundamental role in regulating the water cycle. Their roots help retain water in the soil, reducing the risk of flooding and contributing to the recharge of underground aquifers.
5. Improved Soil Quality: Fallen leaves and tree debris enrich the soil with essential nutrients. This improves soil fertility and promotes the growth of other plants.
6. Beauty and recreation: Trees make our environment more beautiful and pleasant. Parks, forests and wooded areas offer spaces for recreation, relaxation and connection with nature.
7. Shade and Thermal Comfort: Trees provide natural shade that helps reduce the ambient temperature, making outdoor spaces more comfortable during the hot months.
8. Mental Health and Well-being: Studies show that exposure to nature and green areas, including trees, can reduce stress, improve mood and promote mental health.
9. Economic sustainability: The timber industry and the production of fruit, nuts and other tree-based products generate jobs and economic opportunities in many communities around the world.
10. Education and Awareness: Trees play an important role in environmental education. By learning about trees and forest ecosystems, people develop a greater respect for nature and its importance.
That's right: you can celebrate Arbor Day not only today (21/09) but all year round, because trees are fundamental to our quality of life. Here are some ideas for actions in line with the sustainability of the planet:
- Plant trees: choose one species to plant and look after its growth, but if you don't have the space, try to surround yourself with other plants.
- Encourage awareness: constantly seek to learn about environmental issues and be sure to share this knowledge with the people around you. Awareness is the key to change.
- Reduce your environmental impact: take measures to reduce the impact you have on the environment, such as reducing resource consumption, recycling and saving energy.
- Support good initiatives: be part of communities that work to conserve forests and preserve nature.
Finally, Arbor Day is a great opportunity to take positive action for the environment, building a more sustainable and balanced future. Our call, especially today, is for you to join our group of environmental restorers and generate abundance for the planet with us!
Buy your trees and help restore the future. Together, we can make a difference.