Friday, January 6, 2017

The Importance and Value of Trees




Since the beginning, trees have furnished us with two of life's essentials, food and oxygen. As we evolved, they provided additional necessities such as shelter, medicine, and tools. Today, their value continues to increase and more benefits of trees are being discovered as their role expands to satisfy the needs created by our modern lifestyles.

This article comes from:
http://www.savatree.com/birch-tree.html

Community and Social Value

Trees are an important part of every community. Our streets, parks, playgrounds and backyards are lined with trees that create a peaceful, aesthetically pleasing environment. Trees increase our quality of life by bringing natural elements and wildlife habitats into urban settings. We gather under the cool shade they provide during outdoor activities with family and friends. Many neighborhoods are also the home of very old trees that serve as historic landmarks and a great source of town pride.
In addition, architectural and engineering functions are served by your community's trees. They frame landscapes, create beautiful backgrounds and enhance building designs. Trees can provide privacy, emphasize beautiful views, and screen unsightly areas. Noise from roadways and other urban activities is muffled by well-placed trees that serve as sound barriers. As a matter of fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states that trees can reduce bothersome noise by up to 50% and mask unwanted noises with pleasant, natural sounds. Using trees in cities to deflect the sunlight reduces the heat island effect caused by pavement and commercial buildings.

Ecological and Environmental Value

Trees contribute to their environment by providing oxygen, improving air quality, climate amelioration, conserving water, preserving soil, and supporting wildlife. During the process of photosynthesis, trees take in carbon dioxide and produce the oxygen we breathe. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, "One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people." Trees, shrubs and turf also filter air by removing dust and absorbing other pollutants like carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide. After trees intercept unhealthy particles, rain washes them to the ground.
Why Trees Are Important
Trees control climate by moderating the effects of the sun, rain and wind. Leaves absorb and filter the sun's radiant energy, keeping things cool in summer. Trees also preserve warmth by providing a screen from harsh wind. In addition to influencing wind speed and direction, they shield us from the downfall of rain, sleet and hail. Trees also lower the air temperature and reduce the heat intensity of the greenhouse effect by maintaining low levels of carbon dioxide.
Both above and below ground, trees are essential to the eco-systems in which they reside. Far reaching roots hold soil in place and fight erosion. Trees absorb and store rainwater which reduce runoff and sediment deposit after storms. This helps the ground water supply recharge, prevents the transport of chemicals into streams and prevents flooding. Fallen leaves make excellent compost that enriches soil.
Many animals, including elephants, koalas and giraffes eat leaves for nourishment. Flowers are eaten by monkeys, and nectar is a favorite of birds, bats and many insects. Animals also eat much of the same fruit that we enjoy This process helps disperse seeds over great distances. Of course, hundreds of living creatures call trees their home. Leaf-covered branches keep many animals, such as birds and squirrels, out of the reach of predators.

Personal and Spiritual Value

The main reason we like trees is because they are both beautiful and majestic. No two are alike. Different species display a seemingly endless variety of shapes, forms, textures and vibrant colors. Even individual trees vary their appearance throughout the course of the year as the seasons change. The strength, long lifespan and regal stature of trees give them a monument-like quality. Most of us react to the presence of trees with a pleasant, relaxed, comfortable feeling. In fact, many people plant trees as living memorials of life-changing events.
Trees help record the history of your family as they grow and develop alongside you and your kids. We often make an emotional connection with trees we plant or become personally attached to the ones that we see every day. These strong bonds are evidenced by the hundreds of groups and organizations across the country that go to great lengths to protect and save particularly large or historic trees from the dangers of modern development. How many of your childhood memories include the trees in your backyard or old neighborhood? The sentimental value of a special tree is simply immeasurable.

Practical and Commercial Value

Trees have supported and sustained life throughout our existence. They have a wide variety of practical and commercial uses. Wood was the very first fuel, and is still used for cooking and heating by about half of the world's population. Trees provide timber for building construction, furniture manufacture, tools, sporting equipment, and thousands of household items. Wood pulp is used to make paper.
We are all aware of apples, oranges and the countless other fruits and nuts provided by trees, as well as the tasty syrup of North American sugar maples. But did you know the bark of some trees can be made into cork and is a source of chemicals and medicines? Quinine and aspirin are both made from bark extracts. The inner bark of some trees contains latex, the main ingredient of rubber. How many more uses can you name?

Property Value and Economic Value

Why Trees Are Important
Individual trees and shrubs have value and contribute to savings, but it is the collective influence of a well-maintained landscape that makes a real economic impact and has the greatest effect on property value. Direct economic benefits come from a savings in energy costs. Cooling costs are reduced in a tree-shaded home, and heating costs lowered when a tree serves as a windbreak. According to the USDA Forest Service, "Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30% and save 20-50 percent in energy used for heating."
Property values of homes with well-maintained landscapes are up to 20% higher than others. Here are some eye-opening facts and statistics regarding the effect of healthy trees and shrubs:
  • Homes with "excellent" landscaping can expect a sale price 6-7% higher than equivalent houses with "good" landscaping. Improving "average" to "good" landscaping can result in a 4-5% increase.
    - Clemson University
  • Landscaping can bring a recovery value of 100-200% at selling time. (Kitchen remodeling brings 75-125%, bathroom remodeling 20-120%)
    - Money Magazine
  • A mature tree can have an appraised value between $1000 and $10,000.
    - Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers
  • 99% of real estate appraisers concurred that landscaping enhances the sales appeal of real estate. 
    - Trendnomics, National Gardening Association
  • 98% of realtors believe that mature trees have a "strong or moderate impact" on the salability of homes listed for over $250,000 (83% believe the same for homes listed under $150,000).
    - American Forests, Arbor National Mortgage

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Plant Trees in 2017 as Your Gift to the Planet







This seems like a good time to talk about the importance of reforestation, or planting trees. I doubt if there are very many people left on the planet who are unaware of the importance of trees in the world, or the alarming rate those same trees are being ruthlessly cut down around the world.

Please plant trees through one of the valuable reforestation projects going on in North and South America, or indeed in practically every country in the world. Haiti is one country that especially needs tremendous support in it's reforestation efforts.



The lack of tree cover in Haiti contributes tremendously towards some of the worst environmental degradation in the world. There are said to be less than 1 % of the original tree/forests left in Haiti and the loss of trees there is causing tremendous suffering to the land and the people. And that's only one country, many more countries around the world are almost as bad.


Please check out some of these web sites and then consider planting trees. Perhaps as a gift in the name of someone you love?




100% Replanted.  Replant What You Use
http://www.replanttrees.org/

Trees For the Futrure
http://www.treesftf.org/

Plant a Billion Trees
http://www.plantabillion.org/










Tuesday, January 3, 2017

What I Want For 2017




What I want for 2017:


No more hunger anywhere.


Hunger is still the number one killer in our world today.

1/3 of the worlds hungry people live in India, and 5 Indians die every minute from hunger. Hunger is the number 1 killer in India.

1.02 billion people around the globe do not have enough to eat.

Each and every year 15 million children die of hunger, with over 16,000 children dying every day from hunger related causes.

More than 60% of the chronically hungry people on the planet are women.

This situation, with people dying of hunger everyday, is simply unacceptable to me and to most people on the planet I would hope.

I have never been seriously hungry because even during my times of greatest financial hardship I had places and people to turn to for help.

However the majority of hungry people on earth today have nowhere to turn to and no one to help them. 
Unless we do. You and I. Help feed hungry people wherever and whenever we can. And without sermons or judgement. Just food to feed their hunger.

Can one person make a difference? Certainly.  For the people you give food to, you may be the reason they did not go to sleep tonight crying from hunger. You may even save a life. 

If you can do nothing else, then please consider donating a box of food to your local food bank. 

There are hungry people, including hungry children, in your own city who are going to sleep with an empty belly unless someone like you helps them. Today.

You can also click on the hunger sites, or play the free rice game to feed hungry people, as listed immediately below. One click brings food to hungry people around the world. Please click everyday. Your click makes a difference.

One Click at a Time. Click these sites daily to donate food to the hungry.
Home 




Hunger in America and how you can help:





Another  great program feeding hungry people that needs our help. 












Food For The Poor. Please help.



How to Help Others Without Spending a Lot of Money

This is an article I originally wrote way back in 2010 but I think the ideas in this article still have a lot of value. 

planting a tree
play the free rice game


Helping others and being of service is important to me, but so is frugal living, therefore I am always on the lookout for ways I can help others without spending a lot of money. I even wrote a previous post about ways you could make a difference for ten dollars or less:



Making a Difference For Ten Dollars or Less

I can't tell you how many times I've heard someone say that they can't help other people because they don't have enough money. I don't have a large income right now either but I still manage to help quite a few people each year, and I support several causes close to my heart.

It seems to me that most people would really like to help other people, but have the idea that the small amounts that they could afford to donate would not make much of a difference to anybody. I used to believe that way too, but I know better now.

I've discovered many ways that anyone can make a difference in the world, for ten (10) dollars or less.

Lets start out with the unbelievable idea that you can actually do good in the world, and help others, for free. You don't have to spend one penny to help other people. 

Here are some suggestions on how you can help others for free:


1. Click to donate sites allow you to do good in the world, for free, from your computer. Free Rice, for example, is a fun game you play that helps increase your knowledge, while at the same time you are "earning" rice to feed hungry people.
FreeRice

Charity Click Donation is a web site that puts a bunch of the click to donate sites together in one place for you to click on the ones you want to support.
Charity Click Donation - Give money to charity for free through charity clicks.

2. It costs nothing to be kind and caring, to treat people with respect, or to do something for someone such as help to carry heavy packages, open a door for someone, let a car go ahead of you in traffic, pick up litter on the street, or give someone a sincere compliment.


3. Search Kindly when you're searching the Internet, by making sure your searches are helping to support charity and worthy causes.
Your Searches Benefit Charities - Search Kindly

4. Recycle your household aluminum because aluminum is 100% recyclable, and it is so destructive to the environment to make aluminum in the first place. Not only does this cost you nothing, while benefiting the environment and many people you'll never know, recycling aluminum can actually make you money when you turn your aluminum in at the recyclers.



5. Recycle and donate all your unused coats, other clothing, and household goods to those who can use them. Donate coats and winter clothing to coat drives, shoes to shoe drives, and all clothing to women's shelters and homeless shelters.

Now, for one dollar ($1.00) what can we do?


1. The folks over at One Dollar Give have found plenty of good things to do with just one dollar. Check out their link.
The One Dollar Give: How Much Difference Can $1 Make?


2. Donate one dollar to your local food pantry. Or buy some food for a dollar and donate the food.


3. Buy a fleece hat or gloves at the dollar store and give to a homeless person or a needy person.


4. Give a dollar to a homeless person.

$2.00, another small amount of money, but still for that $2.00, at Alternative Gifts International, you can buy groceries for 1 person for 1 day.
Give a Gift in Honor of Someone - Alternative Gifts International

For $3.00, Alternative Gifts International will purchase one tree, and plant it, in one of the worlds deforested areas. Alternative Gifts International is a great place to find ways to help for just a little money. 

feed hungry children around the world
1. For $4.00 they will provide one weeks supply of alternative charcoal for four families living in a deforested area of the world, thus sparing trees, and helping the families by saving them money.


2. $4.00 is also one day of support for one student in Kenya.


$5.00 will buy food to feed one family for one day, again through Alternative Gifts International.

For $6.00, you could purchase one pair of small animals for one Quecha Indian family in Bolivia.


2. That same $6.00 would also provide medicine and protein drinks for one child for one year.


3. $6.00 is also the cost of one share of water pipe or school supplies for a Gumiyuda school system.


For $7.00, you could provide care and food for an aged person in China who has no family.


$8.00 will fund one hour of job and skill training for one woman with no job skills.

Give a Gift in Honor of Someone - Alternative Gifts International

Food For The Poor, for $10.00, will provide three fruit trees to a hungry family living in Haiti. An avocado tree, a breadfruit tree, and a mango tree. 
Food For The Poor | Helping the Poor, Charitable Giving, International Relief | Serving the Poorest of the Poor

2. $10.00 will also provide a mosquito net for people at risk for malaria through Nothing But Nets. Malaria is a huge killer world-wide and your $10.00 will save lives.
Home | Nothing But Nets Campaign

3. $10.00 at Global Giving can be used to support many different charities or relief efforts, including a school in the Dominican Republic for Haitian refugees.
GlobalGiving: donate to grassroots projects; education, health, microfinance

So, there you have it, several ways to help other people and make a difference in the world, all for under $10.00. 
Many people spend that much everyday on junk food, expensive coffee drinks, or vending machine goodies. If you would rather use your money for good, then why not check out some of these charities, (or discover your own), and see how quickly these small amounts of donations can begin to make a big difference in the world.

 
 Support aboriginal rights and people around the world


                             


So, there you have my original post of June 17, 2010.
Now the prices for some of the ideas listed above may have risen a bit, as many things have in this economy, but the basic idea is still very sound.
There are many things you can do to make a difference in the world for very little, or no, money.
So what are you going to do to make a difference this week?

                                          Help make a difference to poor women worldwide


                     Support local coat drives by donating your unused coats to those who have none.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 Messages with Doreen Virtue yearly angel card reading

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all my sisters and brothers around the planet. May this year hold only love, peace, good health, fun times, prosperity  and happiness for you all!


Your Angel Messages for January 2 - 8, 2017 with Doreen Virtue