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Trees are the Lungs of the World

Updated on November 21, 2015

I Love Trees!!

All trees have a grace, beauty and dignity which is individual to each and every one. Even when they have reached the end of their days and it would take the smallest breeze to send them crashing to the ground you can still see their character.

From the massive Sequoia to a tiny sapling they are all of benefit to the planet, and mammals, insects, birds, fishes and of course we humans.We should also remember the other plants that either use trees to feed themseves or simply use as a climbing frame to reach the sun, or hide from its rays under a vast canopy of leaves. But whatever . or whoever the one thing for sure is that trees help us breath a little more easily.

From the vast rain and tropical forests to a single tree standing alone in a wilderness they benefits they give are extensive.

Trees, Glorious Trees

The Red Maple
The Red Maple
Tricolour or Copper Beech
Tricolour or Copper Beech

All shapes and sizes, but all beautiful

Why we need trees.

Firstly and probably most importantly trees breath carbon dioxide----that noxious gas that is doing so much damage to our ozone-layer, and possibly helping to speed up global-warming, and it is certainly a terrible pollutant in some areas of the industrialised world.

Secondly, but just as importantly , trees give shelter, life, and homes to so many other species:-

insects, birds, all manner of mammals, reptiles, snakes and spiders and of course , We humans!!

For instance in the mangrove swamps fish hide amongst their roots, maybe even spawning there and the oldest predator on the planet lays in wait for its next meal or simply snoozes.

Trees are of course a big part of the food chain whether they are still standing tall and proud or have fallen to the ground because of age or some natural disaster, or because they have been cut down and left to rot.

Their bark, wood, leaves, fruit and blossoms are used by just about every other living species on the planet. Either for food, to build homes, or in the case of we humans to furnish those homes or simply to burn to give warmth and to cook food on.


Used for everything

Wood from trees has been used for just about every purpose imaginable ever since man discovered what a versatile material it is. I do believe it has even been used to make falseteeth!!

BUT, the sad truth is that the "Lungs of the Planet" are shrinking rapidly and the sadder truth is that it is us, MAN, supposedly the most intelligent and technically superior species on Earth who is responsible for this terrible destruction.

And, the worst part of it all is that it is primarily down to mans greed and over population.

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There is a legend that says a goddess gave birth, lived and died inside these trees.
There is a legend that says a goddess gave birth, lived and died inside these trees. | Source

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      Claire 5 years ago

      thankyou Star-eleven

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      Claire 5 years ago

      Thankyou Star-eleven

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      Star-eleven 5 years ago

      Nice hub.good job

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      Claire 5 years ago

      Thankyou for your kind comment. I think they are special too, hopefully more people will read my hub and understand a little more about how important they are.

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      DREAM ON 5 years ago

      Trees are so special and taken for granted.I am deeply sadden by other peoples lack of concern.We can all learn from your wonderful hub.

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      Claire 5 years ago

      I share you anger and distress, I am just a calm personality, however, do not think that i don't see because I DO. Nice to meet you too

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      Claire 5 years ago

      thankyou, and no I do mind at all, in fact that's very kind of you

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      christollesseb 5 years ago from UK ME ASIA

      Hi clairemy,

      I came here after you kindly commented on my Hub - Green! I do like Al Jazeerah Webesite very much - and I saw this post today. Indeed, I was so angered & distressed by this beautiful film and its message. I was prompted to share it with others here & yes my words were sharp and bitter. Someimes we have to shout although we often remain silent. I do share your concerns for where mankind and his greed is headed. Custodians & not just Consumers. It is nice to meet you and thank you. Christo.

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      AnnaCia 5 years ago

      Clairemy, this is a very nice hub. Your photos, in particular the 1st and 2nd, are beautiful. I am in love with trees, they are my inspiration. Thank you for sharing. If you don't mind, Ill be posting your link.

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      Claire 5 years ago

      Go for it, I am not thinking mystical right now though I can see exactly what you mean!

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      Tim Mitchell 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Now I don't think you are different, well maybe :) First remember there is nothing wrong with #3 until things change, which will happen very soon. Next, I am in awe of the close similarities of the two pics. They both have a bright light of mystical hope, they both are paths bordered by trees and they are about a season apart - maybe. One looks to be morning the other evening. I like em both. If you allow I may like to write a hub using both pics for the central theme, unless you have a poem somewhere handy? :)

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      Claire 5 years ago

      Firstly thanks, I am surprise you haven't heard that term...lungs of the world before. Maybe its just my take on how trees work. Went to your hub, ok I can see why you think its a tad odd after seeing yours!. Maybe im a tad different?

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      Tim Mitchell 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Oh yeah I forgot about the pic :) take a look at the main pic to the hub I wrote the wandering traveler http://tsmog.hubpages.com/hub/Traveladventure

      A stark contrast, eh?

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      Tim Mitchell 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Hello clairemy. I got a message from the wizards at hubpages you replied to my status on my hubscore. Oh, I was drawn to this hub mystically by the main pic. For me that pic is a tad odd. I'll explain in bit.

      First, an awesome article. And, I like the toilet tree too. You hit the main points. I have never heard them described as the lungs before and I think that is brilliant. Voted high and awesome

      OK, the way I was taught numerology is you always break a number down to between 0 - 9. I left another status for you answering too. any hoot 8 + 4 = 12 = 3 My oher score was 8+5=13 = 4 which is not balanced according to Norse mythology See this reference http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numbers_in_Norse_myth...

      Now take a look here for your present homeland http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numbers_in_Egyptian_m...

      I just like playing about at times to help things make sense :)

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      Claire 5 years ago

      Thankyou, maybe if each of us who could planted just one tree it would make a difference.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub. I love the way how you remind us that we need trees as the lungs of the world. Good job and rated up!

      Prasetio

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      Claire 5 years ago

      Thankyou for the comment,

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      Martha Bowman 5 years ago from presently St Augustine, FL

      NEAT PICS