There are approximately 2 million reasons to love trees ... but we'll start with these.

It’s no secret that I LOVE trees. I talk to them, I caress them and pray with them…
I feel I need to be their Guardian. So it’s no surprise that Arbor Day, observed in August in SA this year, holds a special place in my heart. What could be better than a day dedicated to observing the importance of trees and better yet, to planting new ones?

  1. I often think about how vital it is to be good stewards to trees – but when I muse upon how critical they are for us, I think that we have it all wrong. The trees have been acting as good stewards to us all along!! In service of our Father God!
  2. They help keep our houses clean
    A study from Lancaster University found that trees planted along roads reduced the presence of airborne particulate matter (pollution from cars) inside nearby homes by 50 percent.
  3. They ease the workday
    Office workers who can gaze upon trees from their windows report less stress and more satisfaction, according to a study from Chungbuk University, South Korea.
  4. Trees feed us, they give us apple pie and many fresh fruits!
    Trees provide food for people and wildlife beyond what we can imagine. A single apple tree alone can produce up to 15-20 bushels of fruit per year. Apples, pies, are important!
  5. They provide shelter and support
    Three hundred million people across the globe live in forests and 1.6 billion depend on them for their livelihoods, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Forests also provide habitat for a mind-boggling array of plants and creatures, many of which we don't even know about.
  6. They show us how to age gracefully...
    We talk about “respecting” your elders. The world’s oldest tree is an ancient bristlecone pine named Methuselah that lives at approx. 3000 m above sea level in the Inyo National Forest, California. Methuselah is as old as Stonehenge and older than the Egyptian pyramids.
  7. Trees keep cities cool
    Trees lower urban temperatures by up to 12 degrees by shading and releasing water vapor into the air through their stress-soothing leaves.
  8. They are giant humidifiers (kind of)
    In a single day, one large tree can lift up to 350 litres out of the ground and discharge it into the air.
  9. They keep buildings comfortable
    Of course shade trees produce shade; a lot. Strategically placed trees can cut down air conditioning needs by 30 percent and can save up to 50 percent in energy required for heating.
  10. Trees are social beings
    "They can count, learn and remember; nurse sick neighbours; warn each other of danger by sending electrical signals across a fungal network known as the 'Wood Wide Web' – and, for reasons unknown, keep the ancient stumps of long-felled companions alive for centuries by feeding them a sugar solution through their roots." Trees keep some of our Father God’s akashic records.
    Trees have incredible knowledge. Energetically, they’re wisdom-keepers of the earth; they hold the memory of the earth. As humans and animals have genetically and physically changed, the trees that were around witnessed those changes. As those trees died, they then energetically passed on that knowledge to the next generation of trees. As humans, animals, and the earth have changed, the trees have stood witness to all of this. The trees currently living on the earth now, while they’re not a direct witness to everything that went before in terms of humans and all life, they have in their recesses the history of this knowledge. Read/google more on: Trees are social beings
  11. They devour carbon dioxide
    Biology 101 tells us that trees absorb carbon dioxide (CO2), removing and storing the carbon while releasing the oxygen back into the air – but the amount is remarkable. In a single year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the amount of CO2 equivalent to a car driven 42 000 km.
  12. Likewise, they give us breath
    Four people can get a day’s worth of oxygen from one large tree.
  13. Trees fight crime
    A study by the University of Vermont and U.S. Forest Service found that in Baltimore alone, a 10 percent increase in tree canopy corresponded to a 12 percent drop in crime.
  14. They fight grime
    In outdoor spaces with trees, there is less graffiti, vandalism and littering in comparison to place without greenery, says a study from the University of Washington.
  15. They give us something to look up to, literally
    The tallest living tree is a towering 379.1-foot coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) in California's Redwood National Park in 2006. Called Hyperion (above), it miraculously survives on a hillside, rather than the more-typical alluvial flat, with 96 percent of the surrounding area having been logged of its original coast redwood growth.
  16. They pay us back
    For each rand/dollar spent on planting a tree in the city, they pay us back by up to five times in terms of cleaner air, lower energy costs, improved water quality and stormwater control and increased property values.
  17. They are unassuming in their vastness
    There are more than 23,000 different kinds of trees in the world; altogether, there are three trillion trees on the planet. Yet they just humbly stand by, working hard and never making too much of a fuss.
  18. Trees keep us young and sustain us financially:
    And when all else fails, there's this: They may keep us young and prosperous! Research found that people who live on streets with high tree density are less likely to report a number of health complaints; and specifically, trees improve health perception in ways comparable to an increase in annual personal income of R150 000 or being seven years younger.
Emotional healing and stress release is a by-product of the oxygen released and physical experience trees give us. Squabbling, fighting and even wars can be avoided if we are emotionally more stable. Hence the Bible book of Enoch instructs the planting of more trees to combat corruption and negativity in humans as the secret to healing the planet! Short!!
We can never live among too many trees. End of story.

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Sending abundant blessings and healing via God’s messengers ..The trees.