Stand For Trees

Yesterday was Earth Day. I didn’t find much time to get online and post something about why I love Earth. But I sure hope my friends and followers don’t believe for a second that I love the Earth any less. Some people think Christmas should be everyday. I think Earth Day should be everyday. We all make conscious decisions every single day regarding our love or lack of respect for the Earth.

A few summers ago I had the opportunity to go out west with Lisa and spend some time traveling Highway 1 and doing a ton of other really cool things. By far my favorite part of the trip were the days we spent in Yosemite. We spent one day hiking through the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. These massive giants have been living, breathing wonders for hundreds of years. Standing at the base of these giants, you quickly realize your insignificance in the massiveness of this world.

I’ll never forget growing up on Latonia Blvd. in Toledo and the tiny Maple sapling that my parents planted on the tree lawn in front of our house when I was just a child. My parents loved that tree and one particular summer the City of Toledo decided to replace the water main running directly beneath that tree. My Mom fought and fought and called the City and stood guard to make sure our beloved maple tree was treated properly. The City workers had to dig that tree up and for several days it sat in our driveway in a gigantic ball of dirt and my Mom would water it religiously. When they were done working on the new water main, those workers carefully placed that tree back in it’s original location under the careful supervision of my mother. I learned a lot from that tree and now 25 years later that little Maple sapling is no longer little. It is a massive tree providing shade and privacy and beauty to a neighborhood and its residents. My Mom showed me what it meant to stand for trees.

Can you imagine what our planet would look like today if we had the concern and the patience and the foresight and the respect for all of God’s creation? It says in scripture that someday God will restore everything. Unfortunately it looks like God is going to have a lot of work to do.

Fortunately God has also given us the ability to continue to create new things and with that a responsibility to be good stewards of the Earth. We can begin the restoration today. We can stand for trees. Have you ever truly considered just how awesome and how valuable trees really are? Trees – the true miracle workers. And thankfully there are some people out there advocating for trees and their awesomeness. Let me introduce you to….

Stand For Trees is an innovative grassroots campaign that enables individuals — all of us — to take real action to stop forest loss: the number one cause of species extinction and second-leading cause of CO2 emissions globally. Although we know stopping deforestation is critical to curbing climate change, we continue to lose a forest the size of New York City every 48 hours. And deforestation and forest degradation are now larger contributors to climate change than every plane, train, car, and ship on the planet combined.

Fortunately, we have the solution. Since 2007, the international community has been working together on the REDD+ program to ‘reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. Now, for the first time, the Stand For Trees model allows individuals to be part of this solution by harnessing the power of technology and social media so we can all support local communities who are implementing REDD+ practices on the ground in tropical forest countries. When you Stand For Trees, you stand for investing in communities who are pursuing new economic opportunities — creating the economy of tomorrow where trees are more valuable standing than cut down.

Check out the video about Stand For Trees:

Trees. Can you really not like trees? Happy Earth Day Everyday.



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