Did you know that forests cover 30% of the Earth’s surface? (2) Trees are a very important part of our ecosystem. To name just a few things, trees… provide oxygen; combat climate change by absorbing CO2; absorb pollutants; prevent water pollution by preventing runoff; provide food; provide over 121 natural remedies; and provide a habitat for wild life. (3) But, despite this, 18 million acres (7.3 million hectares) of forest are lost each year. (2) This loss of forests “contributes between 12 percent and 17 percent of annual global greenhouse gas emissions.” (2)
Deforestation is a huge problem . But, just what is deforestation? According to Conserve Energy Future, deforestation is…
” the conversion of forested areas to non-forest land for use such as arable land, pasture, urban use, logged area, or wasteland. Deforestation can also be seen as removal of forests leading to several imbalances ecologically and environmentally and results in declines in habitat and biodiversity. Urbanization, Mining, Fires, Logging and Agricultural activities are few of the causes of deforestation.”
Here are some other startling facts about deforestation: (2)
Today’s Kindness Counts Act:
Today’s Kindness Counts Quote
“Nature speaks to us in more ways than one, empowering us simply by living its message. I’ve always found myself fascinated by trees. They make me wonder. Give me hope. Even with the force of gravity weighing down upon them they grow, strengthen, and build. In spite of the pressure to not rise above, to not reach, the tree continues to overcome. A tree is uninterested in the word “impossible”—recognizing that its greatest power comes from the inside out. It may appear weak and nimble to the onlooker, but deep beneath the surface it grows, it strengthens, it builds, preparing itself for the unexpected day when it will emerge and rise above all those who bet against it, who questioned its endurance.”
As I sit in the quiet of the forest, I am lost to the peace and energy that permeates my being. I absolutely love being in the forest. When I am amongst the trees, I feel at one with the world, unified with our disconnected society. All worries wash away…all stress fades…all concerns are lifted and carried away by these majestic guardians of this beautiful planet we call home.
Trees have always held an air of mystery throughout mythology and history. To some, forests serve as protection and providers of food, weapons and shelter. To others forests are a scary and mysterious place full of the unknown.
This reminds me of the legend of Robin Hood as his men. For Robin Hood, the forest was their home, providing shelter and sustenance. On the other hand, for the Sheriff, the forest was full of unknowns, evil spirits and danger.
For me, walking through a forest is symbolic of a spiritual journey. The forest represents the mysteries for which I am searching, such as why we are here, what happens after we die, what is a soul, is there one right religion…well, you get the idea. I could go on. As I walk through my spiritual forest in search of answers to my questions, as well as for unity, love and enlightenment, the trees keep me at peace, as well as provide me with the protection and the energy I need on my journey.
As Orly says above, a tree doesn’t know “impossible. It just is…growing stronger, living in the moment and reaching for heaven. The mighty tree started it’s life as a small little nut, and against the odds, persevered and grew, not only taller, and stronger, but stretching its roots ever deeper, so as to weather the coming storms.
As you can see, my love of trees is strong and deep. Which is why it saddens me to see these beautiful and majestic beings destroyed at such an alarming rate. But, you can help…
Finally, here is an inspiring video of Reynaldo Ochoa, a wonderful man in Peru, who inspired his community to live in balance with their environment. He teaches people to use “agroforestry” and permaculture. He has personally planted over 30,000 trees.