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Why Are There Trees?

Updated on May 7, 2015

Trees Shape and condition our World

Land is comprised of different types of terrain mainly by the condition of the soil, rocks and the trees. It can be as forest (pictured), as mountainous or alpine, as desert or rolling plains.

But land without trees, such as the Nullabor (no trees) plains in Australia, is barren except for salt bushes, some native flora and fauna, as well as being dry, hot, unproductive and undesirable. Land with lots of trees is productive, cool, wet, attractive and very much alive. So if we remove the trees from this type of land what are we doing to the earth?

We cannot survive without trees and the less trees there are the less there will be in the future. This lens explains why we should stop killing off the forests. It talks about protecting the trees we have and about planting them at every opportunity. It pleads with the world to stop the murder of our future and to hopefully reverse climate change.

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Rain forest

The Balance of Nature

How it used to be

Some say the world is 3 billion years old, others say 6 billion, but whose counting? What matters is that it took a very long time for the earth to get to the hospitable state that it is now, or was, until recently. That is fit for human habitation and long term survival.

It was once completely out of the question for warm-blooded animals to survive in the heat and conditions that prevailed during, say, the Dinosaur Age. More people can relate to that description better than to the Miocene or Pleistocene Eras. These times are geologically determined by fossils of mollusk and things which don't have much bearing on this story.

But they do in a way because mollusks are sea dwelling creatures and where they are found is in areas once covered by sea which either rose up to form mountains or the sea levels dropped leaving the land exposed. But these were also times without trees. What is found are more primitive plant life like ferns, algae and such. The climate was vastly different to that of today, or what we have experienced in our lifetime and which is now changing.

It appears that the first trees may have been a type of fern that developed into a primitive palm tree with a trunk. The first known trees evolved around 450 million years ago, well before the first vertebrates or warm blooded creatures emerged. The first trees with leaves and roots evolved some 100 million years later, so it was a slow process. All the while the conditions were also changing.

If we look at this as a great master plan with the ultimate goal of making a habitable planet for humans then think about what needed to be done to create that environment. The food we eat, the plants we depend on, the medicines we need and the houses to shelter us. The only thing from which these provisions could be derived was the earth, But the conditioning factor, at least in recent times, has been the trees

Do You Consider Trees as Valuable Assets? - Or are they just nuisance value?

I love trees and value their presence in the landscape

Yes

Yes

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    • Tom Christen 4 years ago from Switzerland/Ecuador

      They are very valuable! They are the mother earth's lung. Without them she could not breath....

      Also they are so pretty to watch, smell and feel. Everybody should at leaf seed 10 trees in their life.

    • Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      I love trees, where I live it is so hot here. With out the trees in my yard, there is no way that I could enjoy time outside. Under the trees it must be 20 degree cooler. Trees are a valuable assets.

    • CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      Yes of course, they create oxygen and scrub carbon dioxide from the air we breathe

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Important to natural cycles and valuable in so many ways

    • VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Yes they are. They should be highly respected.

    • Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Essential to life on earth.

    • DecoratingMom411 5 years ago

      Yes they are.

    • Tangled07 5 years ago

      Trees add to the beauty of life, without them everything would seem so very bare. It saddens me when I see a lush area with beautiful trees being cut down so a building can be put up but...I suppose it has to be done.

    • dahlia369 5 years ago

      I love trees. The first thing I look at every morning when I wake up are tree tops outside my bedroom window - and love it every time!

    • Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Trees are very necessary to life on earth. Beyond that, they are good for our spirits. I find trees wondrous.

    • TheGourmetCoffe 5 years ago

      Without a doubt, we love trees and have many of them where we live: they give us shade in the summer, attract an amazing variety of wildlife, and are beautiful! Our family cannot imagine life without lots of trees all around us.

    • Jerrad28 6 years ago

      Definitely!

    • Lisa-Marie-Mary 6 years ago

      Absolutely - I completely love trees and I believe they are an integral part of worldwide ecosystems.

    • HomesteadingChic 6 years ago

      Oh yes!

    • Laurel Johnson 6 years ago from Washington KS

      Yes, without question.

    • Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      Trees are essential to environmental balance.

    • Stonecutter 6 years ago

      I understand the value of all life, whether animal or plant. Perhaps there was a time we needed to cut trees to survive but I think we have moved beyond that. Nothing like the shade of the old oak in my front yard in high summer!

    • jvsper63 6 years ago

      They are a needed asset. We need them to breath.

    • ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      They are an essential component of Gaia, besides their spirituality

    • piedromolinero 6 years ago

      For sure they are. Forests are the lung of our earth.

    • MyFairLadyah2 6 years ago

      A tree gives shade and beauty too

      Whether palm, mangrove or elm

      As habitat for bird and shrew

      And clearing pollutants from the realm

    • MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Trees are breathtaking, amazing and I love them!

    • caketech 6 years ago

      Yes, they are natural air cleaners, and they take in the carbon dioxide we breathe out, and give us back oxygen that we need to live.

    • SofiaMann 6 years ago

      They are spectacular living. Ask nothing in return for giving us the air we breathe, shade, beauty, relaxation and more. Watch them with admiration.

    • Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Absolutely a valuable asset providing us with food and shelter for both body and spirit for ourselves and all of the other creatures with whom we share the earth.

    • Grangermdk 6 years ago

      There is nothing like watching a tree as the sun rises and shines on it.

    • Diana Grant 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I sit at my window and admire the trees around and beyond my garden every day. I love the way they change over the seasons, and in different light. I have photographed the tree next door in snow, bare-branched and in spring and summer, with grey skies and with red sunset.

      When it was a sapling, I even watered the tree the local Council planted on the pavement outside my house.

      I went to school in Africa and there we were taught about the importance of tree conservation to prevent soil erosion, which is rife in parts of Africa, exposing parched red soil where nothing much will grow. I am a city girl now, but still very aware of the importance of trees and conservation, so maybe the most important thing is to teach children when they are young.

    • JuneMary LM 7 years ago

      Trees are vital to our survival. They produce the oxygen we breathe, help regulate the climate, especially rain, hold the soil together so rain doesn't wash it away and act as windbreaks. They are also beautiful to look at.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Of course! I love trees because they make animals live there, give us shade and of course everyone knows it helps mothernature!

      Trees are ok but our place in sydney or Australia have less forests buts its still ok as we can survive

    • RinchenChodron 7 years ago

      Of course! Trees recycle the air and water. We need them and so many other creatures do also.

    • Shibamom LM 7 years ago

      Absolutely!

    • squidoolover76 7 years ago

      Just Plant a tree and inspire others to do to keep our planet Green.

    • LadyFlashman 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I love trees, especially in Spring time when they are such a zingy shade of green. The world would be a bleak place without them. That said, my next door neighbour's tree I could do without, it is threatening the foundations of my house with it's roots, I have a permanently shady garden and I have to rake up it's leaves in Autumn! That tree can go, the others may stay!

    • seegreen 7 years ago

      I'm a tree hugger from way back. I currently love the eucalypts in my front and back yard, the bird and possum life is wonderful to watch, day and night.

    • Anthony Godinho 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      NO...just kidding ;) - there was no one on this side so I thought I'd do something different. Yes, like trees and they are a very important part of the ecosystem we live in. God put 'em there for a reason and we as human being have a responsibility. Besides, I'm one who loves nature's beauty and trees are part of giving that natural beauty to a place! :)

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Nice looking blog with great intent and sentiment but blatantly full of so many innaccuracies that I eventually lost count. Trees are valuable to many people for many reasons. Food, foodder, fuel and fibre (the 4 f's) as well as providing the structures and materials for many life forms. Primates evolved as tree dwellers so intelligent life would not have looked like it does on a treeless planet.

    • riyadisan 7 years ago

      save our trees! prevent erosive

    • DebMartin 7 years ago

      Gotta love trees!

    • Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      I love trees! We have many!

    • tarodoug 7 years ago

      I agree totally! There are so many reasons to have them... Great lens!

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Trees are here to absorb carbon dioxide and turn it into oxygen so we can breathe. Excess carbon dioxide is absorbed in the ocean as carbonates; and the cycle continues. When we had twice as much carbon dioxide in the air as we do now, the earth was lush like the Garden of Eden. They can handle all the carbon dioxide we can throw at them, Thank God. http://bit.ly/aOr0NE

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      I love trees.Trees are major part of earth's life.

    • cjjolly 7 years ago

      Trees have an energy that calms us and keeps us close to the earth. They also act as a set of "lungs" for the earth.

    • KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      Oh yes. I've planted more than 30 trees on our property.

    • Patricia 7 years ago

      Yes!

    • lensesfamilylaw 7 years ago

      No doubt. I do consider trees as valuable assets! ciao..

    • Tonie Cook 7 years ago from USA

      I value trees whether it be in a landscape, front yard, forest, or a clay pot. I love trees.

    • Yvonne L. B. 7 years ago from Covington, LA

      Trees help to oxygenate our planet. They absorb storm water to alleviate flooding. They cool the earth and they are older than we will ever be. They are definitely valuable assets.

    • ohcaroline 7 years ago

      I love trees. They are beautiful and so full of purpose. We should nurture and care for them.

    • Glenn McCarthy 7 years ago

      Trees enhance our World

    • Glenn McCarthy 7 years ago

      Trees enhance the landscape and refresh the soul. There is a quite strength in the stability of trees.

      I have always loved walking and tree lines are always interesting to walk along, and forests have a special mystery all of their own. Trees are Good.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      I know there are people who have no regard for trees or think twice before they cut them down, but I am not one of them.

    • Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Absolutely! Trees are wonderful and beautiful. How could we possibly live without them.

    • HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      I do consider trees as valuable assets!

    • KarenTBTEN 7 years ago

      We need them for so many reasons -- like breathing.

    • Sue Dixon 7 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      They are beautiful and essential.

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      • Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

        Trees are invaluable!

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        They are the most valuable assets and we are losing them too fast. :)

      Big men with Their Toys - No one can stop them

      Fits there were furns
      Fits there were furns

      Innovation or a Master Planner?

      It all happened over time

      Roots were an important part of tree evolution, as are seeds and the means to disperse them far and wide. Wind comes to mind for this job but the real heroes of seeds are birds, reptiles and insects. We know there were plant eating dinosaurs and early birds as well as other species that could do the job and obviously insects were around at that time to pollinate and bury the seeds in the ground.

      But birds, insects and animals that dwell in and around trees also evolved with them. Reptiles took flight when jumping from tree to tree and wings developed from their arm limbs. Bird eating insects jumped around and flying was the next stage in their development. Once in flight berries and fruit ingested resulted in seeds being egested. On dropping to the ground with other waste material they sprouted into new plants or trees.

      This was helped along by the deposits of manure from animals and birds that came to feed on the seeds and then on the flowers that evolved to attract them. Then earthworms evolved to condition and fertilize the land further.

      Other insects played their part by ingesting the rotten material of both plants and animals and taking that down to mix with the composting soil until it reached a stage where new types of seeds development lead to new species of plants, animals and birds.It was a balancing act whereby all was in harmony.

      Land once covered by sea was extremely salty and only salt tolerant plants, such as mangroves, could adapt until the rotting material built up the compost and other plants evolved and adapted. Slowly the ground built in height with soil deposits rather than sand. But the salt remains underneath the soil in most areas and if conditions change, such as through the logging of trees, the water table can rise and the salt is brought back to the surface.

      This is how and why there is a major march of desert conditions across many continents, including Asia where north western regions of China are losing incredible amounts of agriculture land. Here the desert is racing toward the sea and the cost is heavy.

      The millions of years all this took to happen is being wiped out in a few decades of selfish, ignorant and unnecessary land clearing and the death of forests. It is like the billionaires who are doing it and the misguided governments allowing it to happen expect that everything will return to normal in a short while. They are sadly mistaken and humanity and all life on earth is already paying the price.

      Gobi Desert in China is on the Move

      Do You Think We Can Stop Forest Devastation? - Or is it just too difficult

      Should forests be logged, even if it preserves jobs?

      Yes

      Yes

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        • Tom Christen 4 years ago from Switzerland/Ecuador

          We must stop it!

        • Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

          It would be good if more trees was planted for the one cut down.

        • anonymous 4 years ago

          Controlled logging is necessary. No more devastation of forests. :)

        • Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

          Humans have always change environment and always will. We will always make some sort of devastation. The only question is if we can compensate it with our creativity on the other side.

        • HomesteadingChic 6 years ago

          To some extent, but I think we need to be more careful and make sure we replant. We need to leave the old forests alone.

        • Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

          Managed forestry of timberlands actually helps the trees and environment. Clearcutting rain forests or any woodlands won't preserved jobs for very long.

        • jvsper63 6 years ago

          Chrisday said it right..He is right

        • MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

          Money is all that matter to so many, it will be hard, but worth it!

        • MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

          Money is all that matters to some, the ones in power, it will be hard, but worth it.

        • LadyFlashman 7 years ago from United Kingdom

          Controlled logging is best, some people can't just get new jobs and have nothing else.

        • Anthony Godinho 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          No, forests should not be logged to preserve jobs. Forest devastation can be stopped and thanks to some programs and activists that something is being done, but I'm not sure if it's making a huge difference.

        • BirdhouseGuy 7 years ago

          Controlled logging is fine. It preserves job, helps to protect wildlife from unnecessary brushfires and gives us the materials needed to build and pursue happiness.

        • anonymous 7 years ago

          Yes, we can stop forest devastation if we can educate them on the importance of the original forest. However some work has to be done for education to take place but it is worth it before it is too late.

        • Frankie Kangas 7 years ago from California

          Yes we can stop forest devastation. The inside of governments and corporations are made up of people -- "we"s -- and can at any time change the direction being taken. It will, however, it seems, take the the "collective we" on the outside to convince them to do it.

          Logging can be good but not clear cutting. There is a way to take some trees and leave the forest better than we found it. Just like fires do their part to help forests, people can too.

        • happynutritionist 7 years ago

          Forests shouldn't be stripped of trees, but "controlled logging" is a way of taking care of the forest...dead and dying trees, if they cannot be restored, need to be removed, having a father-in-law in the Forest Service I learned a lot about how forests are cared for and maintained.

        • Patricia 7 years ago

          I hope so!

        • lensesfamilylaw 7 years ago

          It needs cooperation as well as support from the government or private individuals. getting carried away with this leans. cheers!

        • BRYANP27 7 years ago

          love the format of your lens i need help withmine i have never done this!bryan27 yes they should be logged!

        • anonymous 7 years ago

          We have to. Unfortunately human beings are procrastinators. I know the poorer countries want the West to pay them not to cut, but that simply is blackmail. The West needs to invest in poorer countries to stop them.

        No

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          • Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

            Sensitive logging can and should be done but total destruction with the clear-cut method should be stopped.

          • Tangled07 5 years ago

            I'm honestly 50/50 on this. I do, however, agree with karmicchristian in that we should plant 5 trees for every one we cut down

          • Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

            There must be a balance in all that we do. Sustainability is about intelligent and moral practices. Deforestation will continue until we are more committed to reducing our consumption of irreplaceable resources. There are many ways to provide jobs that make more sense than stripping the earth into a barren state.

          • anonymous 6 years ago

            Deforestation IMO cannot be avoided. But for every one tree that we cut, we must plant at least another five more.

          • pheonix76 6 years ago from WNY

            Forests should not be logged simply to preserve jobs. Lets work on sustainably managing the forests we cut -- that will CREATE more jobs.

          • Stonecutter 6 years ago

            unfortunately as long as the money people are in charge deforestation is going to continue. My heavens, look at how many acres of rain forest are lost every day and the fires keep raging.

          • ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

            What value are jobs if we can't breathe?

          • piedromolinero 6 years ago

            Forests shouldn't be logged, but I am afraid that we are not able to stop it, as it brings too much profit into some few people's pockets.

          • Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

            No forests should not be logged to preserve jobs. If the harvest is unsustainable, eventually all of the trees will be cut and people who have been logging will need to find a new job anyway, so why not make the transition now to something else before the forests and all of the creatures who live in them are destroyed.

          • Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

            People can get new jobs. Trees take lifetimes to grow. We do need to thin the forests sometimes though, to prevent huge fires from spreading too fast from all the dead trees.

          • anonymous 7 years ago

            create a whole new plan...a system of balance...work with the whole United Nations

            study buckminster fuller plan to move energy with following the sun to link and share and solve all the problems of hunger, war and food.it can work ....

          • Delia 7 years ago

            this is a question that can be a yes or no for me...just yesterday I took a fourwheel ride through my best friends woods, it just had been logged and I tell you I could have cried..logging is one thing, but destroying trees is another, it looked like a tornado or war zone went through, in the process of taking a large tree down they took many small trees down with it and all is a "twisted mess of woods" now, they took the beauty away by not cleaning or organizing anything...why does so little go into to respect of property and conserving?

          • KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

            Greedy governments and corporations generally take what they want. Many companies replenish with new trees, but in some parts of the world entire ecosystems are destroyed.

          • Tonie Cook 7 years ago from USA

            No. Did anyone care about preserving the blacksmiths' jobs when automobiles replaced horses for transporation? Blacksmiths found new jobs. So can loggers.

          You Can't Stop This Devastation - Its for the economy and progress

          Orangutangs face extinction with loss of forests
          Orangutangs face extinction with loss of forests

          The Facts About Deforestation

          Look at the cost

          Trees greatly influence the environment in that they moderate the climate and shade the land. Through transpiration of gasses, that is removing CO2 from the atmosphere and releasing oxygen into the air they improve air quality. They also store water and carbon dioxide in their trunks and roots and draw water from deep underground to release it into the atmosphere and so deliver moisture which is then sucked up and falls as rain.

          This happens because of a capillary action within the trunk and the expiration of moisture through the leaves. As it evaporates and enters the atmosphere more moisture is drawn in through the roots, rather like air through a ventilation shaft. It is this function that keeps the water table low and allows the soil under the tree to remain fresh and for plants and animals to live there. If the water table rises, as it has in many areas in Australia where massive tree clearing has taken place, the soil sours and salt rises to destroy it. Once this happens the land is no longer good for plant growth unless it is salt tolerant plants that move in.

          One can see in this function the wonderful way the climate and plants act together to make the world habitable. But man is changing that. By massive reduction of forests, such as in the Amazon where something like the area of several football fields are cleared every 10 seconds or so, the climate of the earth and the quality of the atmosphere is being severely altered.

          Trees harbor wildlife and many animals and birds, as well as insects and invertebrates, make their homes in their trunks or in the deadwood and leaves they shed. They moderate the climate by lessening the effects of sun, wind, and rain. Their evolution is almost like it is part of a master plan to prepare the earth for warm blooded animals that could not survive without them, including humans. But with the loss of habitat animals are fast becoming extinct and humans are suffering the effects as well.

          The leaves of trees absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) which it uses, along with water and sunlight, to form chlorophyll, the substance the leaves manufacture through photosynthesis. The water is drawn up from the roots and the CO2 is taken in from the air. The water is split into hydrogen and oxygen molecules by the energy from the light. The hydrogen combines with the CO2 in the cell to form a simple sugar The oxygen (O2) is then expelled from the leaves through the same little holes underneath the leaves called stomata that the CO2 used to enter. There is a lot of complicated detail available to understand this process fully but for now that will have to do.

          Trees evolved in association with the CO2 in the atmosphere and the process of photosynthesis provides food for the plant but also for many animal species that live off it. including humans. The sugar manufactured in the leaves is stored in fruit, nuts, flowers and seeds available to all. Fallen fruit is eaten by ground dwellers, such as mammals, that would otherwise not be able to reach it.

          Trees also produce chemicals which humans and animals have learned to use to their benefit. Among them are the many types of medicines for healing and poisons for protection of certain tree dwellers. The Australian koala is a case in point. It has adapted to the toxins in the eucalyptus leaves which is its only food. Other animals will not climb these trees to gather the leaves or disturb the koalas which also have poor eyesight and are very slow movers.

          Right now there is a fight on to try to stop logging of a section of forest housing a very rare group of these beautiful animals. Japanese interests were given the rights to log here and the trees are chipped for various uses in Japan. Australia gets little benefit from this. The stupid government thinking behind this is hard to figure.

          You Can't Stop This Either - Its Economy and Progress

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          fFloof inundate property

          Trees Fit Together with all Forest Dwellers

          remover them and the balance is destroyed

          Trees prevent flooding when forests are left intact. But by clearing them and building houses in floodplains or where land slips may occur people fall victim to the environment.

          Humans fail to comprehend the need to preserve the things we depend on for life. Remove the trees and you take away the lungs of the earth. Nothing else, aside from the ocean, can absorb carbon dioxide and exchange it for oxygen. Nothing else can manufacture food from it and feed everything around it. Nothing else can give the shade, the protection, the water vapor required for rain, and nothing else can live as long.

          The roots of trees stabilise the land and stop soil erosion and slippage. Hillsides depend on trees to maintain their cover. Without them the earth becomes unstable and will move under the right conditions, such as heavy rain, flash floods, earth tremors, snow build up and so on. The result can be devastating as we have seen recently with the heavy loss of life as numerous villages and towns have been swallowed up by mud slides after severe logging has taken place. Such devastation mainly happens because of logging in forests but there are other causes, such as building on unstable hillsides and normal land clearing for such buildings.

          Trees have been dated to well over 2,000 years. During that time they have developed huge established roots and are storing unimaginable amounts of CO2. The longer a tree lives the more prized is its timber and yet in Tasmania trees that are up to that age are being felled for wood chips. The stumps and plants ripped out along with the trees are burnt and the CO2 is poured back into the atmosphere. Its little wonder that Australia is suffering huge droughts.

          The south eastern area of the continent has experienced a ten year long drought and water storage and river levels are at an all time low. This is also having a devastating impact on the environment with super fires now breaking out in the region.

          A recent example happened on February 7th 2009 when such a fire saw several villages wiped out and over 400 homes burnt to the ground. Almost two hundred people (175 plus) lost their lives and millions of acres of land was devastated. The number of animals killed was enormous. In Western Australia, Perth, the Capital city, has not seen a drop of rain for six months, with none in sight. The area surrounding this city was a major agricultural area.

          You Can't Stop This Any More Than The Other Examples - A Billionaire named Gunn is behind this devastation

          What can we do to stop our world being destroyed? - Do You have any ideas?

          Would you take up the cause to stop this?

          Yes

          Yes

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          • norma-holt 4 years ago

            @HappyTom LM: Yes, but one alone can start a movement,

          • Tom Christen 4 years ago from Switzerland/Ecuador

            One alone can do nothing! There must be a great citizens movement...

          • Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

            All I can do is my part to help save the earth, I hope it enough.

          • Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

            We do what we can, when we can.

          • Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

            I start with myself as there are many things I can do for myself.

          • Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

            I think education is the key and I believe it all begins with children. The earlier we help children develop a nature ethic, the better off the earth will be. It's pretty hard to convert adults that are dead set on "developing" and manhandling nature. With children we have a better chance. Right now I am trying to have a positive impact through my conservation work and publishing.

          • pheonix76 6 years ago from WNY

            I have already taken up the cause by becoming an ecologist. It is our responsibility as citizens of the earth to act responsibly.

          • Stonecutter 6 years ago

            Birdhouse Guy seems to have a misunderstanding of Dominion over the earth. God provided us with our needs but we have a responsibility to care for it so that it lasts.

          • jvsper63 6 years ago

            Keep the word out there. Everything we do as little as it may seems. Will be helping the situation.

          • ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

            The best way I can see is to be so very careful how we spend our money. The information is 'out there' about which products contribute to the problem and which are less damaging in their manufacture or production.

          • MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

            There are so many places to fight evil. but everything helps.

          • Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

            Yes, I have donated to many groups who raise funds to buy land to preserve it. I wish I knew how to do more to stop the destruction.

          • Diana Grant 7 years ago from United Kingdom

            Every time a tree is cut down, it should be morally and legally obligatory to plant at least one other tree.

            I receive at least two or three items of unsolicited mail every day and my Sunday newspaper contains numerous sections which I throw away without reading. I know it would be administratively difficult to allow people to choose which sections they actually want, but it must be possible to devise a less wasteful system of distribution - sometimes I look at my paper recycling box, and think to myself "half a tree must have gone into that lot".

          • JuneMary LM 7 years ago

            I am a member of The Woodland Trust which protects ancient woodland in the UK and plants new ones.

            Every one of the six major world religions teaches that we are "Stewards of the Planet" and should care for it so that future generations can benefit from it too. It is not ours to do with as we please.

          • LadyFlashman 7 years ago from United Kingdom

            We should all take up the cause to stop this, but I doubt that we will. Nature has a way of balancing itself, humans will probably get wiped out by war or disease and the world will right itself to a natural balance. That's what I reckon!

          • Anthony Godinho 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

            Yes, I would and am doing whatever I can to support this cause. Yes, God has built this earth for us, but not to destroy - rather take up responsibility and take care of it. Just like our bodies - we can put in it whatever we want to, but if we abuse of it, there are consequences. I will leave you a link (in your Guestbook) to a great program called Saving The Rainforests which costs us nothing but a CLICK.

          • LoKackl 7 years ago

            Until recently I couldn't get worked up about "green" issues because of the tiny contribution I might be able to make, but that is changing.

          • Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

            There is an organization called AmericanForests.org that plants trees all over the world for $1 per tree. Right now my friend has started A Million Trees for Michael, to plant a million trees in Michael Jackson's honor.

          • yudiarta 7 years ago

            I think we should empower our natural resources especially forests exist on our planet. maybe we should multiply our forest rehabilitation is done by planting new tree seedlings. and take firm action against irresponsible elements which play a part in the destruction of forests by illegal logging and timber theft.

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          • Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

            We should change our patterns of thinking. But can we do that?

          • Paul 5 years ago from Montreal

            I raise my goblet of blood to BirdhouseGuy and the ancient gods of war and dominion, our kind shall raze this planet to smouldering fires of brimstone and despair and laugh as mere morals weep before us!

          • BirdhouseGuy 7 years ago

            No, God has given us rights to inhabit and have dominion over the earth. The earth is here for us, not the other way around. I'm thankful for the resources God has given us. They are a blessing.

          Mudslides

          For The Love of Trees

          Why can't we think beyond our needs?

          God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools. ~John Muir

          I think that I shall never see

          A poem lovely as a tree.

          A tree whose hungry mouth is prest

          Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;

          A tree that looks at God all day

          And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

          A tree that may in Summer wear

          A nest of robins in her hair;

          Upon whose bosom snow has lain;

          Who intimately lives with rain.

          Poems are made by fools like me,

          But only God can make a tree.

          ~Joyce Kilmer, "Trees," 1914

          Will urban sprawl spread so far that most people lose all touch with nature? Will the day come when the only bird a typical American child ever sees is a canary in a pet shop window? When the only wild animal he knows is a rat - glimpsed on a night drive through some city slum? When the only tree he touches is the cleverly fabricated plastic evergreen that shades his gifts on Christmas morning? ~Frank N. Ikard, North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, Houston, March 1968

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              norma-holt 4 years ago

              @flinnie lm: There is some progress in this area in Australia. A couple of environmentalists just bought the pulp mill in Tasmania and closed it down. The forests are also not being logged as much. The problem is where illegal logging is going on in countries that have no control over it.

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              Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

              Hi I enjoy reading this, I hope it will help in the fight to save trees.

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              anonymous 4 years ago

              Thank you for defending the trees and earth. Excellent lens.

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              norma-holt 4 years ago

              @VspaBotanicals: Your visit and comment are much appreciated. It would be great if more people thought about the trees and their effect on the environment and our health. Hugs

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              VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

              If only everyone thought like this. Great lens.

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              SteveKaye 4 years ago

              It's very simple. When the trees are gone, we're gone.

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              norma-holt 5 years ago

              @LaraineRoses: Thanks Laraine, you are one in a million. Hugs

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              Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

              Congratulations on winning the purple star and LotD. This lens is superb!

              Angel Blessings**

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              norma-holt 5 years ago

              @gatornic15: Unfortunately the trees are falling even faster and now crooks are getting into the Andes to rob natives of their bonuses for carbon sinking and to eventually fell the forest to grow palm oil. Sham on the world for allowing it.

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              gatornic15 5 years ago

              Great lens with a lot of important information. Blessed

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              Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

              Well done. We will kill a lot of trees before we will stop doing stupid things to our environment and to ourselves. But the last tree will die many years later than last human.

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              DecoratingMom411 5 years ago

              Great lens that tackles a very important issue.

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              Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

              This is really a well deserved LOTD. The issue is also very important so your highlighting it is worthwhile.

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              Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

              This is really a well deserved LOTD. The issue is also very important so your highlighting it is worthwhile.

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              Millionairemomma 5 years ago

              I think we should do more for trees. Trees are Life! Lovely lens.

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              Paul 5 years ago from Montreal

              Lots of good discussion on this lens, well done!

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              poppy mercer 5 years ago from London

              Hi Norma...such an important topic, put so well.

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              dahlia369 5 years ago

              Beautiful tribute to the trees, very much appreciated!! :)

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              flicker lm 5 years ago

              Beautifully written! I love trees. They are my friends. :)

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              Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

              I greatly appreciate this focus on trees and preservation of natural resources. The trees here in Colorado are dying off and it is very distressing to me. When I look at the pine and spruce forest all around me, and see the dead and dying trees, I think about how I won't want to live here when they are all gone. I find trees to be very necessary to my thriving (as well as the thriving of our planet). It's a shame that so many take trees for granted and do not appreciate their vital force as it relates to everything.

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              anonymous 6 years ago

              A great lens to bring some awareness. Thank you for your efforts. God bless and have a brilliant day.

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              HomesteadingChic 6 years ago

              We need to be more careful with our natural resources. I have trees on my small property now, but I look forward to the day when I have a larger property that I can plant all kinds of trees on it including fruit and nut trees.

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              Linda Hahn 6 years ago from California

              Great lens! Lensrolling to my Trees Please lens.

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              Laurel Johnson 6 years ago from Washington KS

              There can never be enough trees to suit me. What an awesome sight it must have been centuries ago when the first European landed on our shores and saw primeval forests far as eye could see. I imagine they thought the forests could never be completely used up. And now see what we've managed to destroy in just a few hundred years.

              Excellent lens.

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              pheonix76 6 years ago from WNY

              Another excellent lens. The state of our planet can be downright depressing at times, but the only way to change people's actions is through education. One of my favorite quotes: "We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." We need to start thinking about the kind of world we want to leave for the next generations.

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              Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

              Hi there - trees are my friends. They provide shelter, food for the earth, they clean the air and when old enough become sustainable lumber or heating fuel.Lensrolled to my Earth Day crafts and lessons lens.

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              anonymous 6 years ago

              I love the greenery and trees which are the best things in this lonely planet. I love the way you carry the readers to the history and origin of trees with great details in a fun way.

              Featured this beautiful lens on -

              serious-threats-facts-about-plants-and-animals-of-tropical-rainforest

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              Stonecutter 6 years ago

              An informative lens, I was quite surprised by the video of what was happening in Tasmania, I was not aware of this.

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              jvsper63 6 years ago

              Great lens and Topic..

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              ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

              Lensrolled to my 'In Praise of Trees' and 'Trees in Winter' lenses.

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              ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

              I see a Purple Star - very worthy of that.

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              Krafick 6 years ago

              Great lens.

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              Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

              Returned while I still have some stardust to share. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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              Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

              I was here before, just back to sprinkle some angel dust. **Blessed by a Squid-Angel**

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              piedromolinero 6 years ago

              A great idea to raise your voice for our environment. Much more people should pay attention to it, but when looking around you can see daily that unfortunately most people don't even care.

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              MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

              Thanks you for doing this

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              SofiaMann 6 years ago

              Wonderful lens. Congratulations.

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              Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

              Excellent lens. I'm just getting around to visiting it now. So many great lenses - so little time! Well deserved LOTD.

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              Diana Grant 7 years ago from United Kingdom

              A lovely lens, Norma - I shall send it to my daughter who is a teacher - I feel the content would enrich her lessons - she teaches 7-8 year olds. Oh, and 5*. lensroll

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              RinchenChodron 7 years ago

              A well deserved LOTD! Great information. Five Stars and a lensroll to

              my Green-Consciousness lens.

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              RuthCoffee 7 years ago

              Trees are obviously important for many reason. But personally, I love them so much that the even without all of the other reasons I would go to bat for them. They bring me peace and that's the only way I know to express that.

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              LadyFlashman 7 years ago from United Kingdom

              I love your lenses, they hit hard, educate and engage. Brilliant, thank you for getting the word out there!

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              Joan4 7 years ago

              This is such an important lens - I appreciate your information and your love of the trees. I cannot imagine a world without trees, for sure!

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              Anthony Godinho 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

              Oh, sorry forgot to mention (in my earlier comment) that I have lensrolled to my Click to Protect Endangered Habitat lens...5*s!

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              Anthony Godinho 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

              Another excellent lens and a great cause. You did a great job of providing important information on this topic and offering a good dialogue with your readers. I think we all need to do our part (no matter how small or big). I am doing my part and not focusing on how small it is - I have come across this phenomenal online activism website which helps Protect Endangered Habitat. Feel free to visit it and see how easy it really is for us to help from the comfort of out homes! CONGRATULATIONS on LOTD - well-deserved! :)

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              lasertek lm 7 years ago

              Wonderful lens! I will definitely share this on twitter. 5*

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              lasertek lm 7 years ago

              Wonderful lens! I will definitely share this on twitter. 5*

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              anonymous 7 years ago

              Long life earth day you are here to stay. You have the right to stay and we want you to stay. Those who loves trees kindly contribute some of your strong positive vibration on this.

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              LisaDH 7 years ago

              Congrats on Earth Day LOTD. Well deserved! I used to volunteer with a nonprofit organization called Trees for Life that plants trees in developing nations. I've seen the devastation in India where trees have been decimated and I've also seen the changes that have occurred as trees have been replanted. We need trees.

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              rutraf 7 years ago

              That is so cool.

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              anonymous 7 years ago

              Congrats on being our Earth Day for Charity LOTD winner...on Earth Day no less!

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              DebMartin 7 years ago

              Thanks for the reminders. Nice Lens.

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              KiwiGayle 7 years ago

              Great lens content and designwise. I'm lucky enough to work for the Aldo Leopold Foundation in Wisconsin where we promote the land ethic and green technologies.

              www.aldoleopold.org and blessed to grow up surrounded by the native forests of New Zealand. Keep up the good work. Also you might like my Aussies in America webpage.

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              Frankie Kangas 7 years ago from California

              Excellent lens! Congrats on LOTD. Well deserved. Bear hugs, Frankie

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              Vance101 7 years ago

              Brilliant! It's the first lens I've read on Squidoo ( i'm new here)... COngrats for your LOTD, it's very informative and encouraging.

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              Delia 7 years ago

              congrats on LOTD!!! I believe God created all things for a purpose and yes we are to use trees, but not "destroy" the earth and our lives...this is what will happen with man's inability to use common sense and not have respect for our gifts on earth...trees are a cyle of life as are all things on our earth, it will be a domino affect once we destroy our trees.

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              yudiarta 7 years ago

              I love our environment that will exist on our planet .. we must always keep our environment in order to stay beautiful, the tree is the largest source for the continuation of existing life on our planet, without trees we would be devastated earth global warming increases, the floods, and the polar ice caps melt, for that from now on we must preserve and protect our planet.

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              JenOfChicago LM 7 years ago

              Gorgeous lens - blessed by a squidangel on earth day!

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              KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

              Very nice work, Norma. Congratulations on your LOTD honor!

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              happynutritionist 7 years ago

              Nice lens, I love trees, couldn't live in a place without them around me, we have wonderful large trees on our property, open space land behind the houses across from us all forest, and a state forest behind the houses on the other side of the lake we live on, and in the surrounding area. Trees are one of God's many amazing creations, we need to care for them so we can enjoy them! Congrats on LOTD:-) ~claudia

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              Patricia 7 years ago

              I hate that this is happening to our planet! Blessing this lens! Happy Earth Day and congrats on LOTD!

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              greenlife17 7 years ago

              now I know why it's lens of the day. Congrats,

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              grannysage 7 years ago

              Very educational and a perfect topic for Earth Day. I loved the little animated graphics, especially the dinosaur. Congratulations on a well-deserved LOTD. Also lensrolling to my Save the Tree Spirit lens.

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              June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

              Wonderful, thought provoking lens. Five stars. Congrats on LOTD

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              HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

              Congratulations on LOTD! Happy Earth Day. Blessed!

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              Yvonne L. B. 7 years ago from Covington, LA

              Congratulations on LOTD. We need more people to talk about the trees and their importance.

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              Sherry Venegas 7 years ago from La Verne, CA

              Excellent lens. Balloons and confetti in order for LotD on Earth Day.

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              anonymous 7 years ago

              Congratulations on your LOTD! - Kathy

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              Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

              I live in the woods and I love trees! Wonderful information. Congratulations on LotD!!

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              Davidfstillwagon 7 years ago

              Congratulations on being LOTD!

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              poppy mercer 7 years ago from London

              Hallo Norma:

              'Why are there trees I never walk under but large and

              melodious thoughts descend upon me?'

              Walt Whitman, Song of the Open Road

              This is a well needed lens, beautifully done. And thank you for adding one of my lenses to 'sprinkled with startdust'. Poppy

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              kimmanleyort 7 years ago

              I do believe that we humans can learn a lot from trees. Congratulations on your LOTD on Earth Day!

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              modz 7 years ago

              Excellent lens, 5* Congratulations

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              stacy mcdaniel 7 years ago

              Congratulations on lens of the day. Happy Earth Day!

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              AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

              You've created a very comprehensive lens and it's put together quite nicely. Great job!

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              Ram Ramakrishnan 7 years ago

              Wonderful lens on an important topic.

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              Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

              So much great information here. Yes, lets save the trees! Of course we have to harvest some, but only when we replant forests does it work out.

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              HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

              Great info and lens topic. We do everything we can to save the trees and keep it natural and green. Thanks for sharing.

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              Sue Dixon 7 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

              A great lens-reminds us the value of something we can take for granted- and I love the moving graphics!