Planting a Tree: An Act of Faith and Vision

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 Planting a tree has long been recognized as an important contribution to future generations.

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”

Nelson Henderson

“If I knew I should die tomorrow, I would plant a tree today.”

Stephen Girard

Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
Warren Buffett

“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.”

Anonymous

 

A tree is also a surprisingly simple solution to global warming.

When we cut down trees, they can’t absorb CO2 from our air. In fact, tree loss is the number one source of carbon emissions in the global south, accounting for as much as 20% of all carbon emissions globally!

But we can help. Trees can be replanted and forests reestablished, and just one tree will balance out 48 pounds of CO2 per year!

An organization called ‘Interfaith Power and Light’ offers a ministry that protects forests and plants trees in deforested areas in Ghana, Cambodia, Tanzania and Cameroon. They call it the Carbon Covenant.

Any individual or faith community can help developing world communities on the front lines of global warming by donating funds to plant a tree.

Trees do more than just absorb carbon dioxide: They help communities survive the harsh droughts and floods caused by climate change. Deep roots are able to find water during dry seasons and hold nutrient rich top soil in place during heavy rains.

 Carbon Covenant projects not only restore forests, but also improve the livelihoods of local families by training them in sustainable agricultural practices like snail farming, bee keeping, mushroom farming, and grasscutter rearing.

What can a person of faith do to combat global warming?  Plant a tree today to protect the children of tomorrow.

http://www.interfaithpowerandlight.org for more info  Thank you!

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