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Plant a Tree In Memoriam for the Environment

Updated on December 4, 2015

Remembering a Story Told Long Ago

It must be thirty years now. I know I was running a convenience store my wife and I had purchased. A regular customer came in one day and we started small-talking, a little of this, a little of that, as customers and store owners do. He mentioned he was on his way to the nursery to buy a tree for his daughter. I said that was a nice thing to do and I was sure she would appreciate the gesture, at which point he told me his daughter had died ten years earlier.

She was fifteen at the time and had died in a car crash. He went on to tell me a little bit about her. “She was a pistol, that one,” he told me. “Always headstrong, always willful, but a damned fine kid. Beautiful she was, long blond hair, heart-shaped face and a smile, my God, that smile would melt your heart.”

He got a little choked up then but recovered quickly. “Anyway,” he continued, “I decided the other day to buy a tree in her honor. We’re going to plant it right outside the bay window so we can see it every morning while we have our coffee. Since she could be so ornery we decided, my wife and I, to plant a crabapple tree.” Then he laughed, and the laughter was mixed with sadness, and not knowing what else to say I simply said it was a beautiful gesture.

And it was!

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Reality Time

It is estimated that by the year 2030 only 10% of the world’s old-growth forests will remain.

Ten percent!

You don’t need me to tell you the importance that trees play in our environment. No matter your political leanings, no one can deny that, in the circle of life, trees play an important part in this planet’s continued survival. That is a scientific fact that simply can’t be denied.

However, I’m a realist. I understand that progress happens. I understand that farmers in third world nations need more land to farm for survival, and I understand that as the world’s population grows, people need to clear more land in order to raise buildings in which to live.

I get it. I also understand that the world’s economy runs on business, and business needs factories and warehouses and all of that means clearing more trees.

I have a degree in Economics so I really do understand. In the current state of the world, something has to give, and that something is the delicate balance of nature. I can hug all the trees I want but that doesn’t change the reality of over-population and the increased need for land to build on and resources to keep the machines running.

But all is not hopeless, and that’s the point of this article.

Which brings us back to my former customer.

IMAGINE…..

Imagine if people planted trees in memory of their loved ones around the world.

Fifty-six million people will die in 2016, give or take a few, of course.

Fifty-six million trees!

My heart soars at the thought of it.

Will it happen?

Of course not!

So let’s just give up!

Let’s just toss in the towel and consider this cause, the cause of the environment, to be a waste of time and effort.

Let’s take the easy way out. It’s what many are good at, the path of least resistance, the path that takes the least amount of time, the path that provides the maximum benefit for the least amount of effort.

Let’s just piss and moan and do nothing about it.

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Sorry, but I Get a Little Snippy over These Matters

I can’t help it. I get up in the morning and I promise myself I’m going to remain calm. I’m going to accept my fellow man as just the way he is, and I’m going to live in harmony with my mouth shut and my emotions in check….and then an hour later I read another story of waste or hear on the news another story of apathy and I swear I erupt.

HOW CAN PEOPLE NOT CARE????

HOW HAS THIS DISEASE OF COMPLACENCY INFECTED SO MANY IN SOCIETY????

And then I feel the need to sit down and rant through my writing in hopes that someone out there in the bleak netherworld of cyberspace will hear…and act.

One tree each.

One stinking tree each.

Heck, I planted two this year, so I’ve covered for one of you out there.

I Took a Walk This Weekend

The weather was horrendous, but not so horrendous that North Face couldn’t battle it, so I slipped on my waterproof jacket and walked three blocks to a natural preserve in our neighborhood. Bev was with me, and we walked by the wetlands and listened to the raindrops fall from the second-growth firs, and the birds sang their late-fall songs. The sounds of the city were swallowed by the pristine barrier. The air was cool, damp and invigorating. We could smell the damp leaves that had fallen and the traces of rotting matter beneath our feet as nature did her thing. For an hour we left civilization behind and returned to our roots, and it was just what the figurative doctor ordered.

And I couldn’t imagine it all being gone!

Can you?

One tree each!

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I Purposely Waited Until This Time of Year…..

…..To write this article. Late fall is the perfect time to plant trees. Dig that hole deep, give the roots a chance to spread and nourish during the winter, protect with a layer of mulch and in the spring you will be rewarded with a healthy and giving member of the environment.

One tree each!

As I write this, our critters are walking around our urban farm, looking for bugs to eat. It’s a peaceful scene, as natural as I can make it living within a city. This is my little paradise, and it’s my little statement in support of simple living and the environment. We have tried to lessen our impact on the environment each year that we have lived here. It’s a little thing…it’s just one family…but at least it’s something for positive change.

And that’s what I’m asking each of you to consider….positive change. You don’t have to go to the extremes that Bev and I have gone to in order to make a difference and help this world. You don’t have to live on an urban farm. You don’t have to raise your own vegetables or completely change your lifestyle.

You can make a change by simply planting a tree in memoriam.

One tree each!

Such a little thing, but it will grow into such a large symbol.

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Devika Primić 19 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A very interesting hub. Certainly a perfect time for this hub. I agree with you. Always a useful hub from you.

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      Janine Huldie 19 months ago from New York, New York

      Aw, love this and definitely gives food for thought on plating trees for our lost loved ones and do appreciate you sharing this, Bill. Happy Friday and have a great weekend now ;)

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE! I always appreciate you taking the time to stop by and comment. Have a wonderful weekend in Croatia!

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, Happy Friday to you and of course, thank you! I hope you have a superb family weekend. Hug those girls for me.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 19 months ago from Norfolk

      Hi Billy,

      That is a great story and I love the idea behind it. There are a few woodland cemeteries around here where one can plant a tree in memory of a loved one. It is quite common practice in the UK to hold a little tree planting ceremony afterward at the woodland cemetry or even as you say, plant a tree at home. Love this Hub.

      Have a great weekend Billy,

      Sally.

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      Jackie Lynnley 19 months ago from The Beautiful South

      I am forever planting trees Bill and have a plan for three right now I found out about in Q&A here. They are service trees that not only get beautiful flowers but you get loads of berries that taste like blueberries! You may want to check them out too to have at least one in the middle of those bird and chickens!

      I have always thought of Johnny Appleseed and those deserts out your way that use to not have one tree until those farmers sent off for them, and look at them now!

      I do wonder why no one is worried about saving trees in the middle of all this climate change talk, don't you? If they all stopped "doing" so much we wouldn't keep getting in a worse mess!

      You get me going Bill. Thanks!

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      Eric Dierker 19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I got dirt. So I got trees. The one I plant this year will bear fruit - how cool is that? I love to hug trees and yes kiss them. But ain't nothing better than digging in my dirt and planting my tree. Of course I love my roses also.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 19 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Before downsizing this year I had 20 trees, I now have three and a very small yard, no room for even one more tree, but I like your idea of planting a tree in memoriam. I have flower beds close to the house. I will plant a rosebush for my sister Ava who passed away this year, Thanks for the thoughtful idea...

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      Mary Norton 19 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      We had a garage built last Fall and with this came down a few trees so before we left, we already staked out places where we will plant the replacement. Although we have so many trees around us, we really can't have more given the building going on in other places.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 19 months ago from United Kingdom

      I love this. I've been trying for years to get some trees in my garden, but my husband flat out refuses. He's concerned about the roots eventually damaging the foundation of the house. I would dearly love to have a willow tree. There's something about them that I find soothing. Any ideas how I can talk him around?

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, just one more reason for me to love the UK. What a great ceremony tradition. I hope it catches on here in the U.S.

      Have a spectacular weekend, my friend, and thank you!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, from what I see, we are all too busy blaming the other side for our problems; no one wants to talk about solutions. This may be a small solution but it is a positive step that anyone can take. Thanks for the tip on the service trees. I will look it up.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, our front yard is turning into an edible yard and we love it. Fruit trees, berries and grapes...that's what you see in our front yard. Lawns are forbidden on our urban farm. :) And I love that you kiss trees.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, that is a lovely thing to do for your sister. I know she will smile down on that rosebush. Thank you for stopping by, my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Aesta, that is very true. We can never have too many trees. Thanks for reading and commenting. Happy Planting!

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, willow trees are my absolute favorite. Having said that, I hate to say this: we had a willow tree where I grew up, and about once every five years we had to have a plumber come out and get the willow roots out of our pipes...they are invasive and determined. :) Don't tell your husband that.

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      watergeek 19 months ago

      Thanks Bill. Can't help but add on to what you've said here. How many of us feel invigorated when we're walking in an old growth forest? Hands up! Why? There's a physical reason, in addition to the psychological one, and most of us know it when we stop to think: Trees produce oxygen. Lots of it. The old ones most of all. In fact, trees are one of the major producers of oxygen on our planet. So the fact is, we feel invigorated, in large part, because we can physically breathe better in a forest.

      Imagine this, then. As each tree dies, there goes a bit of oxygen. Kill all the trees, and we've lost a good percentage of oxygen production. We suffocate to death, slowly losing our ability to focus, to stay awake, to move, because most of what we're breathing in is nitrogen and carbon dioxide (mixed with several trace gases) that can't fuel our bodies. So kill trees and we kill ourselves. Plant a tree and we have just that little bit more chance to stay alive.

      Now mesh that physical fact with the spiritual upliftment that comes from old growth forests and see what you have. Any readers more willing to follow Bill's suggestion to plant trees now? To help keep us all alive? :D

      Here are some more easy-to-read facts about trees: https://www.state.sc.us/forest/trpeople.htm

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      Catherine Tally 19 months ago from Los Angeles

      Hi Bill,

      I couldn't agree with you more! Trees are great choices for both memorials and life celebrations. For those who can't get motivated to do the planting themselves, there are organizations that do tree dedications. Here in L.A. we have Tree People. There is also The Trees Remember: thetreesremember.com which plants nationwide. The Nature Conservancy plants around the globe. We have given tree dedication gifts as teachers thank-yous, wedding presents, baby gifts, and memorials. They can be done individually or in small groves. I love the symbolism of tree-giving too. It is a lovely gesture and can be sent to those too far away for a personal on-site planting. Thanks so much for suggesting this to all of us and for relating the touching story of the man and his daughter. All the best of the season! Cat:)

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you geek....this is just one of those things to do that seems like a no-brainer to me. What's it cost to do this? The benefits far outweigh the financial cost of the seedling.

      I appreciate you stopping by...the voice of an expert weighing in never hurts. I'm so tired of the arguments for and against global warming....and no one wants to discuss simple acts that can have long-range benefits for the environment.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Cat, what great suggestions and thoughts. Thank you so much. I have not heard of Tree People or The Trees Remember, but I'm off to look for them right now.

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      Ann Carr 19 months ago from SW England

      We've planted a few trees here, some gleaned from the forests of France, some from trees that my partner had in Wales. We love trees. We've planted fruit trees too. I think trees are the most cool thing on the planet. They offer so much. I don't think I could live without trees; I have to be near them. We'll probably plant a few more before we're done, so we're converted already. We should all encourage others to do the same, as you say. If it's only one each, then that's a tremendous step.

      Great hub, bill. You have the gift of persuasion and I can see them all dashing out to plant a tree of some sort!

      I think you're akin to the oak; strong, dependable, down to earth and long-lasting. We have forests of them here, especially in my home county, Sussex, as well as the next door Hampshire. We have two in the garden but in tubs - I dread the day when they get too big for them because our garden couldn't accommodate one adult oak, let alone more! They'll be moved to the canal bank, I think.

      Happy weekend, bill!

      Ann

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      William Leverne Smith 19 months ago from Hollister, MO

      No one thing each of us can do is more important than planting trees. It is important, however, to be properly motivated. Your essay has provided a strong case in point. Thank you for sharing these thoughts!

      P.S. Over the years, I've literally planted thousands of trees. But, I still feel the need to more. Great article!

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      Suzette Walker 19 months ago from Taos, NM

      I can't agree with your more, Bill. Every time a tree is cut down, a new one should be planted. It is the only way to keep trees alive in our environment. I was shocked at your 2030 statistic. As Americans we seem to be killing ourselves: processed food, clearing away trees and plants, not paying attention to our carbon footsteps. We are slowly strangling ourselves. My grandmother planted an azalea bush when I was born. I think planting a tree or living thing is a great way to honor a person. When in Girl Scouts years ago, we always planted trees each spring. I should go out and plant a tree right now! lol!

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      Linda Lum 19 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, I live on 1.5 acres--one-third of that is apple and plum trees, one-third contains our farmhouse (more trees, plus native bushes, ferns, and flowers), and one-third is forest--Western Red cedar, Douglas Fir, vine maple and other deciduous trees. Nature trails meander through, leading to a wetlands. Paradise on earth.

      Over the years we have had to take down a few trees--the ones that become diseased. Others have fallen when severe wind storms hit. I mourn when we lose a tree. And we plant another in its place.

      Thank you for reminding us that we can all make a difference in supporting the beautiful earth we have been given.

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      As always, Bill, this is a great hub, a wonderful layout of information and ideas. I think it is so important that we, as humans, living here on earth, start thinking about preservation of our forests and trees.

      When I came across your hub, it reminded me of something that is circulating the web right now, and I, for one, feel it's not such a bad idea. It's called organic burial pods. The idea is to get buried in a pod attached to a tree that will grow and flourish. I mean, I think it's better than just going underground in a coffin. You get to become a tree!! lol...

      http://www.earthporm.com/bye-bye-coffins-these-org...

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Trees from France and Wales on your property, Ann? For some reason I just love the sound of that.

      And I'm akin to an oak? My goodness, what a lovely thing for you to say. I think I'll stop right here on that high note. Thank you!

      Happy Weekend, Ann!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I absolutely love that you have planted thousands of trees. Thank you for that. Another reason why I like you.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, thank you for weighing in on this. I agree with you...it at least seems like we are intent on killing ourselves. I have to assume people care about living a long life.....so why do they keep doing what they are doing???

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, I am green with envy. I would be in heaven with 1.5 acres, and I'm almost in heaven with 1/8 acre. LOL Have a great weekend and thank you for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh my goodness, Missy, I love that idea. Seriously love it!!!!! Thanks for sharing this....I'm going to be sharing as well.

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      I thought it was a neat idea too Bill. I'm glad you liked it and will share it. :)

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      Jackie Lynnley 19 months ago from The Beautiful South

      I saw an ad somewhere if you get 3 you can get them for bout 8 bucks each so if I can plant them now I may jump on that. I hate ordering anything and having to wait til spring!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 19 months ago from United Kingdom

      That is disappointing. Maybe I can talk him into some berry bushes instead. Our neighbours used to have some lovely, tall trees in their gardens. Then, God knows why, one neighbour cut down his 15-foot high tree and replaced it with a 10-foot long, 6-foot high pigeon coop. What an eyesore. Our other neighbour cut down one of his apple trees last year. I could have cried. I enjoyed watching them blossom during the spring/summer and then watch the apples ripen through the fall. It seems so empty now without them.

      Anyway, you have a great weekend.

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      Linda Crampton 19 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an inspirational and important hub, Bill. We definitely need to take more care of our environment. Planting a tree in memory of a loved one is a wonderful idea.

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      Michael-Milec 19 months ago

      Firstly my apology Bill please, for running into a weird conversation following my comment on FB.

      Now this: Perhaps apathy and complacency comes more due to ignorance imposing on generation after generation by the 'educational' dictature raising socialistic/ communistic robots instead of free thinking entrepreneurs. You have seen the tree planting video shown here, - no child around. Besides, children love mud and dirt and earth and planting, just to give them opportunity and chance. My earliest memories go back to planting trea and working in the garden as early as a toddler (?!). Crazy isn't it? One can become its own babysitter as needed. Then as I was growing up ( still do ) planting was 'haunting' my nature while working on my degree in a few of countries, as well on this continent. You migt see this stranger walking in the neighborhood, asking young owner of the house to take out a dead tree on his property, and have permission to plant a new one just for 'selfishness' sake. There are some hibrid- fast growing trees left behind where Michael once passed by ,leaving a new 'friends'.

      Your idea ' Plant a Tree' invigorates a sleeping giant in every living and willing person to plant a future after we move from this planet of Earth.

      Have a blessed weekend my friend.

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      Venkatachari M 19 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very much educative and inspiring article. Even if a person plants a tree in his lifetime, (the present population is around 8.5 billions), there can be so many new trees within a decade or so. Planting trees in memory of dear ones is a good idea that can workout a lot.

      Thanks for sharing this inspiring message.

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      Buildreps 19 months ago from Europe

      Wonderful article, my friend. Thanks for doing this. Planting a tree for every diseased in your surrounding is a wonderful idea. We were already planting out trees that we grew in our yard, but not for every diseased. We will do this now. :) Have a great weekend!

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      manatita44 19 months ago from london

      "HOW CAN PEOPLE NOT CARE????

      HOW HAS THIS DISEASE OF COMPLACENCY INFECTED SO MANY IN SOCIETY????" - Bill Holland

      I have just come over from Missy's Hub, and she has touched on this in a different way. A sweet sensitive Soul, she feels this very much. This is a stark reality with many, no joke, Bro. You've touched on complacency before. A big one. Some of us find it so much easier to stay in our comfort zone.

      "Heck, I planted two this year, so I’ve covered for one of you out there" -Bill Holland.

      I just love this one as well. I wish to be happy, and it made me laugh. You're so good at this, my Friend.

      Another necessary Hub of Conscience and the urge to our brothers and sisters to be frugal; to awake; to care; be responsible, diligent, doing ...

      The Sri Chinmoy Centre, all 8,000 members or so, have over 30 different manifestations. Tree-planting, I'm proud to say, is one of them. We go in groups and talk to schools and encourage this, and also do it in other ways.

      An excellent Hub and one for Humanity. Carry on, Bro.

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      breakfastpop 19 months ago

      My husband and I have planted trees in Israel to commemorate a person's life. We plant trees here all the time and we will keep doing so until the end of time.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Liked and shared, Missy! Thanks again!

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      3 trees for eight bucks??? Jackie, I would be all over that deal. Heck, I'd give those for Christmas presents and look like a hero to my family. LOL

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm sorry Zulma! Willows and bamboo are about the most invasive trees/plants you can buy and believe me, I absolutely love willow trees.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia. This is a good article for you, a lover of nature.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael, apologies are not necessary. No one was offended by what you wrote on Facebook. Relax my friend.

      I love your next to last line...invigorates a sleeping giant in every living and willing person....excellent thought, my friend. I wish I had thought of that eloquent statement.

      blessings, today and always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Venkatadchari M, exactly right...8.5 billion new trees. Imagine the benefit!!!!! Thank you sir!

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Buildreps, thank you so much! I love associating with caring people such as yourself.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, thank you so much. I know you to be a very caring and concerned human being, so there is no doubt you relate to this. I love that the Sri Chinmoy Centre has tree-planting....excellent.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Pop, just one more reason why I like you. Carry on, and for the environment, thank you!

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      Michael-Milec 19 months ago

      Bill dear friend , without your inspirational article, I would never say what I have said here. Writers are reaching into the same inexhaustible reserve beyond our ability to reveal what is prepared to be known here and now ,- each one accountable to do our part faithfully.

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      Clive Williams 19 months ago from Nibiru

      this is really something to think about. That man is a simple genius. Our loved ones are important and so are trees, i think i may take up this. Great hub

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      True words, Michael my friend. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Clive. From simple ideas grow mighty oaks, or something like that. :)

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      Clive Williams 19 months ago from Nibiru

      LOl billy, yes might oaks....i hope i don't get to plant one soon though...:-(

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      Paula 19 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Bro...as always you bring wonderful concepts & inspiration to your readers. The best part of your suggestions is that they are realistic and so possible. (fewer reasons for "excuses.")

      Jim was a "tree" person (bless his heart). In 12 years, he planted at least 20 new trees on our already treed property. They've all grown so and are quite healthy.

      I did plant one that was generously given to me in his memory by a trio of our sweet Hub ladies!

      This is an idea that has only positive aspects. We can all do this and further, we can do as you are doing and spread the suggestion along.

      Oh Lord....If we can wipe out pissing and moaning and replace it all with positive action and sense of pride....I'd call that a mini-miracle.

      Have a great week-end, bro. Peace, Sis

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      whonunuwho 19 months ago from United States

      Thanks for this simple act that can move mountains my friend. whonu

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      FlourishAnyway 19 months ago from USA

      I sure would love to buy some acreage and simply preserve it, or buy some sad land and rehabilitate it with trees. Oh, goals!

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      Brian Leekley 19 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Good and admirable idea for landowners, and an apartment renter can plant something in a container, such as perhaps an aloe vera, jade, ficus, or climbing philodendron plant as a memorial. What is not a good idea is business as usual. THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING by Klein makes that clear. Each person should do what little or much he or she can alone and with family and neighbors and also unite with others near and far to request that corporations and governments see to their responsibilities to keep petroleum, gas, coal, and uranium in the ground in favor of the clean, sustainable energy sources, such as wind, sun, and water, to minimize climate chaos and keep our home planet livable.

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      Nell Rose 19 months ago from England

      I feel just like you Bill, one tree each, instead of greed stripping the world of our natures lungs. great hub as always, nell

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You and me both, Clive! :)

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, I would have like Jim. Anyone who loved planting trees is a good man.

      I, for one, am sick and tired of the pissing and moaning. I thought we all could use a positive alternative.

      Thanks, Sis, and Happy Sunday!

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, whonu...thank you!

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm with you in that wish, Flourish. Maybe one day soon.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Brian! As always you speak wisdom...every single person can do a little...it adds up to something large. :)

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, I don't know when it is going to stop, by I feel citizens will be the reason for this insanity ending and not governments. Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Larry Rankin 19 months ago from Oklahoma

      When my family are out and about on the rare occasion that we come by one, I like to point out what I call "real" forests. I mean the ones that have all manner of trees of varying ages and not just a bunch of evergreens that a logging company through out there after decimating the land.

      Great read.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Larry! We still have some real forests here in Washington, but they are diminishing as we speak.

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      Nithya Venkat 19 months ago from Dubai

      A great idea planting each one of us planting one tree makes a whole lot of difference, every little bit counts. Great hub as always.

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      drbj and sherry 19 months ago from south Florida

      Thanks for reminding us, Bill, what a difference it would make to our environment if each of us would plant or contribute to the planting of just one tree.

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      Shauna L Bowling 19 months ago from Central Florida

      Just yesterday, a man who bought two wooded lots next door to me came to the house to let me know they'll start clearing in a few days. He acted like it's a good thing! I let him know in bold language that I hate what he's doing. I told him I bought my home twenty years ago because of all the surrounding natural habitat. And now it's being torn down. No longer do the birds look into my backyard from high in the neighboring trees. Instead humans peer into my sanctuary from windows within concrete block. Where will all the wildlife go? Hopefully, they'll find welcoming arms in the huge trees that populate my back yard.

      You know what the man said when I told him I hate what he's doing? "Everyone's doing it." Seriously?! And that makes it right?

      I did ask him to spare the 100 year old oak that is on his side of the property and provides shade and habitat on my side. He said he would. I certainly hope he honors his promise.

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      Word 19 months ago from Chicago

      Hey billybuc, great story, great ideas, great pics and great hub!

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vellur! It seems like such a simple thing to do, to me. :)

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, I just toss these ideas out there. Maybe a few of them work for others...that's the hope. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Everybody's doing it????? Really? Well then we are all screwed, aren't we? Let's hope someone comes to their senses soon, Sha!

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That's a lot of greats, word...thank you!

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      Frank Atanacio 19 months ago from Shelton

      Planting a tree for life is another way to go every child born.. plant a tree..I'm just saying.. great hub my friend

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I love it, Frank. Billions of trees planted each year. We might break even at that rate.

      Thanks buddy!

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      Deb Hirt 19 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      I don't know if you heard about the resounding things that happened at the Paris climate talks, but things ARE moving in the right direction. People for the first time understand that changes in living must be made, and that is so important. We can still plant one tree for each of us. If we grow our food UP instead of out, it will create more space. That is something that has been known for years, but it is reality and WILL come to fruition. The fact that you are on the bandwagon will infect others, and they will infect more people with the idea, and life will slowly change for the better. Yes, it CAN happen, and it will. Every person that does one extra thing to make this earth better will help.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I do believe things are getting better. I just wish I was a bit more patient at waiting. :) Thanks for all you do for the environment.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 17 months ago from Mississauga, ON

      Hi Bill,

      I don't know how and why I missed reading this article. But I am sure you already know I agree with you.

      I visited my kid brother this past December. He lives in Bahrain. I was impressed by his one particular hobby. He buys saplings, asks for the permission of home owners, and plants them in their compounds. Yes, it is a hobby, because he really enjoys it and works hard to keep planting trees.

      2 years ago, I had requested our councilor (George Carlson) to plant tees in front of a vacant field in front of my home. He promised to do that and this is exactly what he has done. Now that barren field has many trees and wild flowers that his volunteer force of high school students and him have planted during the last two springs and he has promised to be back this coming spring.

      Btw, I wanted to revisit your articles on hobby farming and landed here. I guess I was extremely lucky.

      Best regards,

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Suhail, I love what your brother is doing, and I love you took the initiative to ask your councilor to do that with the students....great idea, so simple and yet so profound. Well done my friend, and thank you for stopping by.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 17 months ago from Mississauga, ON

      And, Bill, I apologize for not being able to read lot of hubs on these pages, including yours, recently. I was more out hiking with K2, enjoying nature at close range, and doing lot of photography. I was able to take time off for some global traveling also after a hiatus of 12 years.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      No apologies necessary, Suhail. We all do what we can and must.....it was just very nice to hear from you again.

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      Peggy Woods 15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      I see trees with little memorial signs at the base of the tree more and more in our public parks. I think that it is a great idea and one that will gratify not only the people passing by but help our earth's environment. You laid out a good case for the planting of more trees. That is a dismal 2030 forecast for the old growth forests on this planet. Sharing this!

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for sharing, Peggy! Greatly appreciated. Hopefully society will wake up and smell the polluted air one day and do something about it.

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      Greensleeves Hubs 8 weeks ago from Essex, UK

      I fully agree with your sentiments about tree planting Bill, and its value in both creating an aesthetically pleasing environment and, of course, a healthy environment. Even just one tree in a neighbourhood can break up the monotony of concrete and steel, and provide a secluded resting place for a migrating bird. Some trees are particularly useful - the oak for example; in America, acorns are a main food source for more than 100 species of birds and mammals. In England hundreds of species of insect rely on the oak tree for their survival.

      Of course it may not be practical for many in a city to plant what will become a large tree in their immediate neighbourhood, but there is always something else which can be done. For example, the sowing of a small, attractive wild flower bed in the garden, the planting of a hedgerow instead of a wooden or wire fence along the perimeter of a city park, or the growing of shrubs or flowers whose pollen or seeds attract insects or birds. Such things can give wildlife the chance to find a refuge or a home, or at least a source of food.

      Any of these can not only create a thing of beauty, but it can create new life - a fitting tribute and a way of honouring a loved one who has died. Thanks for the article, Alun

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      Bill Holland 7 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Alun,, thank you for your reflections and suggestions. You are correct, this may not be practical in some cities....but like you said, there are other things that can be done. I appreciate your thoughts, my friend.

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