If we look at annual figures, roughly three and six billion trees are being chopped down across the globe. This has to do with the demand for the products that are created from trees. Writing paper and household toilet papers are an illustration of this, as well as the wood used to make homes. We all need to take responsibility in maintaining our timberlands even if there are items we have to use that are made from trees.
Trees are celebrated on Arbor Day and the idea is that we have to plant trees at that time but this is not truly tackling the issue. Planting trees is not an undertaking that most folks give any thought to. It would help, naturally, if everyone planted a tree.
Are you aware that there are roughly 7 billion people right now? The actual numbers naturally fluctuate and so this is a calculated estimate. The number of trees worldwide would be restored if every individual went out and planted a tree on Arbor Day. The likelihood of this occurring is remote.
And so, the suggestion is for those of you who care about the planet and want oxygen so you can live, plant a tree. And I don’t mean to only go out once every year and plant a tree. How about going out and planting trees each week or at least every month? The reason is because someone should make up for all the people using our resources but don’t want to plant a tree for whatever reason.
On Arbor Day, the number of trees planted is only between 8 and 15 million. That still results to a 5 billion tree deficit each and every year. Alas, this is not improving.
Whereas people need to make the effort to plant trees, I have an idea that might solve this once and for all. It could be made a legal requirement that anyone involved in the felling of trees has to replace each tree cut down with two newly planted ones and this would go a long way to resolving the problem.
We are going to have to continue to deal with this problem ourselves until there is the political willpower to make these changes. And it isn’t going to take that much for us to increase the tree population every year. For instance, if merely 10% of the people in the world planted a tree each month, it would cover the amount of trees that are cut down yearly. On an annual basis, this would equal to the planting of more or less 7 billion trees. And that 1 billion surplus of trees are exactly what we need in order to get our tree population back to where it has to be.
Planting a tree is a way we can all make a contribution to the planet. Bear in mind that we merely need 10% of the world’s population to make a commitment to this. And you may be one of those people helping out.