- Taking this Blog post all across -
THE UN HAS DESIGNATED 2011 AS THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF FORESTS TO PROMOTE CONSERVATION & SUSTAINABLE GROWTH.
When I started this Nature blog on 25th Decmber 2010 -it was a change from my writing this on emails and postingto select friends- I decided to change to a blog as Eco awareness is a Universal Need- and on which the whole world has acknowledged- WE need to broaden this awareness and sensitivity to Nature.
So I started to reference all sources across the world; as a former seafaring Merchant Mariner it was easy to connect to friends all across- Above all to learn from the Wisdom of every Naturalist &Nature Writer all across. This has been a most rewarding find as We are after all "ALL CONNECTED ON NATURE"-
Some gleanings form this are taken:
T his quote was in fact taken for my Blog introduction
To find the universal elements enough;
to find the air and the water exhilarating;
to be refreshed by a morning walk
or an evening saunter;
to be thrilled by the stars at night;
to be elated over a bird's nest
or a wildflower in spring
- these are some of the rewards of the simple life.
~ John Burroughs, Naturalist (1837-1921) ~
- He who plants a tree, plants a hope.
-- Lucy Larcom, Plant a Tree
Plant a Tree in Your CommunityBy Sacha ZimmermanREADERS DIGEST ON LINE--
Almost everyone loves trees, but did you know that trees can help people heal faster?http://www.rd.com/your-america-inspiring-people-and-stories/for-america-plant-a-tree-in-your-community/article29483.htmlIt's true. According to the International Society of Arboriculture, hospital patients have been shown to recover faster when offered a view with trees. And while trees certainly benefit any landscape -- whether lining residential streets, dotting urban areas, or in full resplendence in the forest -- they are actually important to our daily well-being.
Trees improve the quality of the air around us by absorbing dust and other particulates. Their leaves also absorb noxious gaseous pollutants, such as carbon dioxide, ozone, carbon monoxide, and sulfur dioxide, before we ever inhale them. Plus, trees protect us from the effects of the sun and from rain, hail, and snow -- which can wreak havoc on unprotected homes -- and emit clean oxygen for us to breathe.
If the health of people and the environment isn't high on your list of concerns, perhaps your wallet is: Trees make economic sense. A home surrounded by trees costs less to cool and heat. Neighborhoods with trees are often several degrees cooler than those in similar climates that don't have trees. In winter, trees can keep your house warmer by blocking high winds. Also, less water is needed in tree-shaded areas where the sun isn't constantly beating down on the earth below.
Besides, trees can enhance privacy, block objectionable views, and boost the value of your home. Unfortunately, these days, mass construction projects tend to wipe out all the trees in an area before creating new neighborhoods and buildings.That's why it's more important than ever to plant a tree in your community.