For the Love of Trees

celebrate earth dayMany Alabama residents celebrated Earth Day this week, renewing their focus on recycling, planting, and reducing waste. Earth Day began on April 22, 1970 as a response to the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Earth Day embodies the same biblical mandate that gave mankind dominion over the earth: “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” –Genesis 2:15.

Education About the Earth

Earth Day educates the world about pollution, ecological mindfulness, and sustainability. It calls people to action, encouraging people of various backgrounds and political affiliations to put aside their differences and protect the world that provides us with food, water, and shelter. Earth Day teaches people to examine their lifestyles and adapt simple changes to reduce chemical pollution, needless waste, and production of non-degradable materials. Local businesses encourage sustainability by offering rewards for recycling, planning community planting projects, and educating their customers about environmental concerns via outreach programs.

The Benefits of Planting

Planting trees, shrubs, and flowers is a simple way to get involved in the conservation movement. Plan a planting project with your family, your local community, or your church group. Here are 10 ways planting trees protects the environment:

  1. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen
  2. Trees filter harmful gasses and chemicals from the air
  3. Trees conserve energy by shading homes
  4. Trees prevent water pollution by reducing runoff
  5. Trees prevent soil erosion

God gave us trees and plants to sustain us, but He expects us to care for the world He provided. Call 3am Growers for ideas on how to reduce your carbon footprint and get involved in local planting projects.

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