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The Greener, the Better: Why We Should Plant More Trees

Updated on March 23, 2013

Does planting trees can really make a difference to the world?

Due to the advances in technology, economic upheaval and massive changes, people are now forgetting the importance of planting more trees to save the environment.

Why should we plant more trees? What good could tree planting possibly do? Will it really affect out future?

Trees provide us with millions of benefits. Unfortunately, many people are not aware of what we can benefit and utilize when there are more trees in our surroundings.

I know that going green is a challenging issue we are facing. Our brain knows what is right but our actions do otherwise.

We are scared to get out of our comfort zone and be an agent of change for all. Proper care for trees and for our forest is crucial to our health and to our surroundings.

Trees are our investment for the future. Trees don’t grow just in days or weeks. It will take years for a tree to be fully grown and be used for our needs.

But when people engaged into illegal logging and Kaingins, only minutes they will have to spare to cut down trees and destroy the future.

Remember that the soil which Kaingin takes place cannot be planted again with seedlings because the soil is already damaged. It will take time to gain the nutrients caused by the fire.

Read more: 5 Major Contributors to Forest and Wildlife Extinction

It only takes minutes to cut down trees but it will take years to grow one. Planting more trees will benefit the next generation just like we have benefited on the trees of yesterday.


Here are the reasons why we should plant more trees and the benefits that we can get from it:

  • Trees provide us with oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, odors and pollutant gasses. It also filters the air by trapping the particulates on their leaves and barks.

    Carbon dioxide is a major greenhouse gas which contributes to global warming. Trees are our long term solution in lessening our carbon footprint.


Read more: The Ozone Depletion Phenomenon

  • Trees provide both human and animals with food and shelter.

  • Trees help shield the harmful ultra-violet rays from the sun. It provides protection and shade to people and to children who loves to go spend their time outdoors playing.

  • Trees help prevent soil erosion, landslides and flash floods. They slow down and control storm water run-off and hold soil in place. Trees also act like a sponge that can filter water naturally then use it to recharge groundwater supplies.

  • Trees provide people with their needs like papers and materials for building their houses by providing us wood and lumber.

  • Trees serve as a canopy and habitat for our wildlife.

  • Trees help conserve energy by cutting down consumption for air conditioners. They help cool temperature.

  • Trees bring peace. It helps calm down tensions and stress and also helps people psychologically rejuvenate.
  • That's the reason why when you want to de-stress, you go to nature, take a walk, and feel the freshness of cool air.


Read more: Effective Ways How to De-Stress

  • Trees also act as screen protector against massive winds by holding the force of the wind thus preventing objects and materials to be dragged to another place.

  • Trees can be a good source of additional income. A well managed group of trees or forest plus the fruit-bearing trees helps us add income to the family by selling its fruits and lumber.
  • Trees also help people especially children who are diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, one of the common childhood behavioural disorder).

    Children who tend to go for a walk in nature have better behaviour compared to others who don’t.

  • Trees can make a place more alive, beautiful and peaceful.

  • Trees mark the change of seasons - adding a glow to our surroundings.


Read more: Simple Ways on How to Save Our Environment

When we plant trees, we are contributing to the lifetime preservation of our environment and repaying it on the damaged we have done and ensuring biodiversity of the planet.

We take down trees and create infrastructure - building, apartments, etc, but we also need to replace those trees so as to maintain the balance of nature.

My family loves to plant trees in our province. Whenever there's space, they would fill it up with trees, especially the fruit-bearing ones like jackfruit, mangoes, santol, avocados, chicos and also coconut and citrus.

When we purchased a much wider lot near the beach, my mom is so excited to fill it up with these fruit-bearing trees.

Well, it helps even in smallest way.

Trees are the lungs of the planet. And like our lungs, our planet cannot live without them. Without trees, life on Earth is impossible.


I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tounges. - Dr. Seuss


Let's Paint the World Green!



© 2012 Mycee. All Rights Reserved.

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      Marina 4 years ago from Clarksville TN

      I love your article and I agree with you 100% on that if there are more plants and trees that this would help the environment a lot!!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Agreed, Myz. Trees and plants keep the earth going...if we knew how to recycle instead of burning them down. Thanks for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great hub Myz and you are oh so right! We are going to plant three fruit trees in the spring, for all the reasons you listed.

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      Gloria 4 years ago from France

      Great article and very interesting, we are surrounded by conifers but unfortunately some are deseased and have to come down. Don't worry they will be replaced as we love the birds that nest in them.

      Will be checking out your links on re-cycling they look something I could pass on to the grand-children thanks.

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Wonderful hub Myz! God must be very happy to have you because you are always protecting His creation. Trees are really important and we must plant some more.

      Voted up and shared. :-)

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      Deepak Chaturvedi 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks to promote environment issue it is a need of hour.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      So many people see trees as an obstacle, I just don't understand it. I have always planted trees and I hate seeing trees rooted up to build more and more houses. It is no wonder our earth is turning wrong side out! Great hub.

      Adore that picture!

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      nina64 4 years ago from chicago, Illinois

      What an interesting hub!!!!! It's a shame that so many of our large industrial corporations are so money hungry that they put profit before the preservation of one of our most precious natural resources. To deplete our parks and forests of so many trees takes away different attributes that trees offer. As you stated, trees provide beauty, protection against other natural forces like the wind, absorption of carbon dioxide and many other benefits. I really enjoyed reading this hub; it was like attending a science class. Very informational and well thought out. Voted up.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I read about the rain forests being cut down and that disturbs me so much. I admire governments like Puerto Rico and Costa Rica where they will not allow developers to cut down trees.

      I miss the big oak trees we had in Georgia. Here in Florida where I live, we have the pines and they are not as pretty as the oaks. I have planted flowering trees and I enjoy them.

      Very timely and interesting Hub. I voted it UP, and shared.

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      I feel a kinship with the trees. I believe that as a living entity, trees are as our earthly companions. Many trees live much longer than the average human. They are a vital part of our echo system and should be maintained, not to be cut down and just for someone's profit. We must all protect our trees. They protect us as long as they are alive. Thank you for sharing this.

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      Joyce Haragsim 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Wonderful hub and I totally agree with you. We planted 4 trees in our back garden and I'm sorry there is no more room for another. Also put one in the front of our house.

      The price of planting a reasonable size tree from a nursery is large and can be around $350. This can be one reasonable why not many have been planted.

      Voted up and very interesting, Joyce.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Spy - You already know I am going to share this wonderful hub. You do our environment such worthy justice with your series of impacting hubs on the damage we do and the ways we can attempt to correct it. It does not surprise me that your family is mindful of Mother Nature and plants trees. They raised a thoughtful young woman who is appreciative and aware of her surroundings and I, for one, thank them.

      I was pleasantly surprised to read that a nature walk helps children with ADHD. But after reading it, it made perfect sense.

      Great job again. Voting up and sharing.

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Myz

      "Trees bring peace. It helps calm down tensions and stress and also helps people psychologically rejuvenate." I love trees.

      Sharing

      Voted up and away

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      B Lucy 4 years ago from Podunk, Virginia

      Love, Love, LOVE!!

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you for writing this. Trees protect us in so many ways, but we are destroying them. We have to develop ways to start building up projects to start growing trees again.

      Voted up.

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      SkeetyD 4 years ago from Barbados

      I loved this hub. Trees were essential to our past, they are still essential for our present and they will be for our future. I plan to plant some trees in my backyard to do my part.

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 4 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thank you for speaking for the trees!

      My wife and I hug trees quite often. They are so grateful to know they are loved and we want them to know we are grateful for their contribution to our world.

      I agree! Plant more trees and really like the top photo!

      Voted Up!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      You would be so proud of us in SF.

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      Alistair Olver 4 years ago from Wiltshire, UK.

      Great hub, very interesting. We are becoming too reliant on technology as a society and some believe this can resolve many of our environmental problems, but nature has all the answers. Planting trees is just one of them. It makes me laugh to hear companies and politicians think they can reduce carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere through carbon capture. What utter nonsense, just plant more trees. Simple!!!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi Marina! thanks a lot for the 1st comment, very wonderful!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      thank you so much Michelle.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      hehe thanks sir Bill! that's wonderful!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      oh my..thank you so much for reading and for checking my other hubs Gloshei. that's very kind and sweet., birds really love trees :) would like to write one story about nature and birds later on.. :)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      hello meldz..thanks for time to check this hub. your comment is fantabolous!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      thank you for the kind words Deepak!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      hi Jackie. thanks a lot for stopping by. yes! agreed, know people who always cut down trees around him because he said that its a hindrance for other things.. so sad.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      hi Nina..thanks a lot for the support. people just go for money instead of preservation of places and parks where we could plant more trees..all they care is money.

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Great reminder Mycee! Efforts like yours should be multiplied. I applaud your time in writing this green hub. Thanks for the links. New generations should revert priorities like our parents and great grand parents did. Once person at a time, and the domino effect will increase awareness for the sake of humanity.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      trees took years to grow..when you cut one, its a matter of minutes only. do you also feel the hurt when you see trees are cut down? it's like they're screaming. used to be teary eyed when they cut down my fave mango tree.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      yes totally agree. without trees, life on earth is impossible. they give us air to breathe and cleanse it.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Wow..that's big. we also have this tree planting for volunteers, the Haribon Foundation.. already send my intent to become a volunteer. :)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you soo soo much for the kind message Beckie! i was born far away from the city and people are so mindful of the gardens and trees on their surroundings.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Sue, thanks soo much for stopping by.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      thanks a lot lucy! hugs

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Michelle. thank you so much for this wonderful comment

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Wow, Skeety! you make me smile! that's terrific!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      B2Care, that's an amazing comment. i also do hug trees, thanking them for their fruit.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      That's great to hear Mhatter! would love to see SF one day

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Alistair, thank you so much :) Yes, yes, some people think that they could reduce environmental problems like the C02 levels by means of technology..but hey, trees can do a better job than that!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Very correct sir Joseph! people of today should also try to consider the future gen. just like what our grandparents did. Thanks for this amazing message!

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Unknown Spy, what a lovely hub about trees and why we should plant them!

      I absolutely love trees. I see in each of them a unique character. Love to take pictures of them while on the road. They look like dignified guards.

      Research proved that trees communicate with each other, warning each other against danger. Can't remember the facts, but some kind of juicy tree makes its leaves bitter in times of drought in order not to be destroyed by animals and people. How intelligent!

      Maybe I was a worshiper of trees in a previous life. I cannot stand the killing of trees. Yet I have killed some in my garden because their vigorous root-system was damaging our home.

      Voted up, informative and inspiring :)

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      Charlyn June 4 years ago from Philippines

      Having lots of trees in the environment helps a lot in relieving stressful thoughts. It is really advisable to plant as many trees as you can in order to help save mother earth and to prepare for the future of the next generation.

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      Alistair Olver 4 years ago from Wiltshire, UK.

      Love the picture of the tree on the rock.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      A beautiful piece on our wonderful trees, and yes, they are the lungs of the earth. Awesome and up!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant hub and enjoy your weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Up up up!!

      Humans are systematically dismantling the entire world...sad!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend M. great hub, thanks for reminding us with all this very informative hub to go green more and plant more trees. Well done !

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Trees are so important for the earth and our survival. Thanks for the reminder.

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      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      Great hub, Myz! I used to have a huge fear of forests because I lived in the city and that fear was a result of culture shock. After watching some wildlife shows and all, I definitely got over my fear. I never even knew that walking in forest help behavior. Huh, I'll definitely have to give that a try.

      Voted up and sharing!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Spy,

      Excellent write!!! Love trees and their presence all around . . . we hope to continue. They are so very essential to life on this planet. I am so thrilled to know of all the younger generation and their "going green" above and beyond all. That thought is a good one. Thank you for always bringing our attention to such important issues.

      Voted Way Up

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for describing the value of trees, Myz. They are wonderful plants and are such a very useful part of our lives. The destruction of forests is very sad. Anything that we can do to stop this destruction is important.

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      kjforce 4 years ago from Florida

      unknown spy...absolutely loved your hub..I am a nautre lover big time..we need to save all plants /trees /rivers etc..without them the animals would die out..pollution has already taken the lives of many birds..Mother Earth has provided so much for us..we should start to pay her back..I vote this up and awesome..thanks for the write..

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi Martie! yes, i've read that too somewhere. my mom always say never to bore hole nor nailed something to a tree because they feel pain and would not grow well. true enough, we had jackfruits that bore many fruit. later, kids around bore holes and tear the barks apart to carve something, even put nails on it. then this tree suddenly bore less and less fruits.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thanks for the support Charlyn!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      thanks alistair :)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Deb! thank you so much for reading :)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      thank you so much Eddy.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Realhousewife, yes, i agree. humans are drowning the planet with co2!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you for the shares Tom and for reading. Go green!!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Nancy, thanks as well :)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi Keith. Thanks for the comment... the fear of trees is also on my strange phobia list.. i never knew anyone though..so im a bit surprised :)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Faith, thank you so much. well, that's the least i can do to raise awareness..i know that someone our there may soon go green too!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you so much for reading Alicia and for going green!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      I do agree completely KJ. But people are now relying on advance technology that they did not realize that its time to heal the planet with the damaged we have caused.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful hub and your obvious hard work has certainly paid off.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      A well-written hub with all the valid points. We should plant more trees not just to make our planet more beautiful but also for a happy and healthy life for its dwellers. Way to go!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up & Shared

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Beautiful presentation. I'm definitely on board with this. I believe in planting and protecting our trees and I'm doing my little bit. Thanks for sharing and promoting this wonderful deed.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Excellent hub and a timely shout out, Mycee. We all need to take serious measures to not only prevent cutting of trees but planting more of them for our future.

      voted up, useful and shared.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      For every tree we cut down, we should always plant a new one. Thanks for sharing, Myz. I share too.

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      shabushaj 4 years ago from india

      an eye opening hub..everybody is interested in cutting down trees. Nobody thinks about planting one. voted up and shared.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Eddy, Ish, Msdora, Rajan, Michelle, Shabusha, thank you all for the support and for reading this hub. Nature is important to us.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      You are so right, Spy. Trees and plants are the mainstay of the air we breathe. When buying paper products, we should opt for recycled paper and save a tree. As you say, it takes years for a tree to become big enough and viable enough to do the job Mother Nature has assigned to it. We must be more conscious of our usage. Look for other options. For the sake of our earth, plant a tree!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Wow. you quoted it best Sha! You're such an inspiration!

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      Patrick Collier 4 years ago

      Excellent article and pictures.Like many things in life it's the smallest things that usually have the biggest effects.Very informative and interesting facts,thank you for sharing :)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you again Patrick! that was very nice and i agree!

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      It makes me so sad to see big old trees cut down to make way for development. Thanks for listing the reasons why we should be planting them, not cutting them down.

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      Anna Sternfeldt 4 years ago from Svenljunga, Sweden

      Thanks for both sharing and caring! This is information that all people need to know about.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hello Deborah. Yes, since we need to cut down trees, we need to replace them to for future use. Thank you for support.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Anna, i am so glad you read this hub. Thank you so much!

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      Taylor 4 years ago from Virginia

      I fully agree with this article! Unfortunately it may not be enough to just educate people, like you said. At home we plant trees once a year, and we do the same thing at my school. Actually taking the time to put your thoughts into actions goes such a long way, but like you said, we've got to get out of out comfort zone!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      hello taylor.. thanks for stopping by. and what you do is really great. it helps save our planet at a time. we really need to go out and feel the pain of nature.

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      Stephanie 4 years ago

      Thank you

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      thanks for reading Stephanie!

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      Marina 4 years ago from Clarksville TN

      Also if one cannot afford to buy trees then one can get them free at Arbor Day once you join. The fee is $ 15 a year. Trees and shrubs do better if they get trimmed every year and that is extra work but it is worth it.

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      A.E. Williams 3 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Good job on this, Unknown! A great peace about being green. I love trees... I wouldn't want them to go away or anything. ;) Thanks for sharing this useful information!

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