People and trees have a lot in common. They like to breathe clean air, drink clean water and grow in the sunshine. We think people and trees should be celebrated and that is why we’ve partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant trees in memory of each of our clients who have passed away.
Our goal is to plant 5,000 trees in 2017. The trees will be planted in Tahoe National Forest in California and Minnesota’s Chippewa National Forest.
From our point of view, there is no better way to recognize the contributions that our clients have made to their families and their communities than with a tree - a majestic reminder of life and growth. Our partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation allows us to honor these special individuals while also contributing to a greener environment and a healthier Earth.
That brings us to Earth Day which is celebrated tomorrow. Arbor Day and Earth Day share many of the same goals, including the planting of trees. The Canopy project was launched by the Earth Day Network in 2016 with the goal of planting 7.8 billion trees worldwide by 2020—one for every person projected to be on Earth by that year.
Together the Arbor Day Foundation and the Earth Day Network celebrate the beauty of trees, the work they do for our planet and the importance of environmental responsibility. Both organizations believe that trees are important because:
- They save energy: The average homeowner saves 20% on energy bills by planting trees in strategic locations in the yard.
- They tame stormwater: When rain cannot be absorbed into the ground it becomes stormwater carrying pollutants picked up as it drains over buildings, pavement and more. Trees filter stormwater, making it cleaner as it enters waterways.
- Trees fight climate change: As trees grow, they help stop climate change by removing carbon dioxide from the air, storing carbon in the trees and soil, and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere.
- According to the Arbor Environmental Alliance, a single tree can absorb CO2 at a rate of 48 lb. per year.
- An acre of trees absorbs enough CO2 over one year to equal the amount produced by driving a car 26,000 miles.
Statistics prove that these things are true. Through the Energy-Saving Trees program
of the Arbor Day Foundation, 189,937 trees have been planted. Those trees have filtered 4.2 billion gallons of stormwater and saved 370,301,000 kilowatt hours of energy.
You can plant a tree in memory of a loved one. There are many ways to do it. Of course, we like the idea of becoming a member of the Arbor Day Foundation which includes 10 free trees
. You can also make a donation to the foundation in honor of a loved one. It’s important to plant the right type of tree for your hardiness zone and the foundation will help you to select trees that will flourish where you live. You can also purchase trees to honor a loved one through many other online sites. Search for “Plant a tree in honor of a loved one” and you will see a long selection of options.
Planting a tree in honor of your loved one celebrates their memory in a positive way. You could say that as the tree grows, so does their lasting memory on earth. Remembering a loved one by improving the earth, air and water is a lasting and meaningful tribute that can create optimism and positive thoughts.
“Why are there trees I never walk under but large and melodious thoughts descend upon me?”
Walt Whitman, American poet, mid-1800’s
Trees cheer us while also providing for a positive and beautiful earth for those who come after us.
“He plants trees to benefit another generation.”
Caecilius Statius, Early Italian poet, 230 B.C., Gaul
Trees also provide us with the chance to pause and wax poetic.
“Under trees, the urban dweller might restore his troubled soul and find the blessing of a creative pause.”
Walter Gropius, German architect, late 1800’s
If you have planted a tree in memory of a loved one, please share your story with us. We would love to hear it. Challenge your loved one’s mind with a shared tree-planting experience, the challenge can ensure healthy aging.