Love a Tree Day recognizes trees play an indispensable, invaluable role in the environment’s functioning. Not many people know that trees have not always existed.
For the first 90% of the Earth’s history, huge mushrooms grew instead trees, reaching up to 26 feet in height. First large tree was Cladoxylopsida; it grew on Earth 400 million years ago. There were also tree-like horsetails and ferns. Today, scientists say there are 3 trillion mature trees in the world. In the United States, there are about 766 million acres of forest with various tree species.
Trees provide the Earth’s inhabitants with a huge number of benefits: food, lumber, home, oxygen, and protection. Trees are often damaged by fires and felled by humans. In today’s world, people are trying to protect trees, to keep ecosystems intact. So, National Love a Tree Day was created.
A lot of interesting information is known about trees.
- One pine provides three people with oxygen.
- The manchinela tree is the most poisonous. You can’t even just stand next to a tree for a long time. There are cases when even car paint was damaged.
- 16-year-old Indian arborist Jadav Paeng started planting trees in a sandy wasteland. Now he has 550 hectares of tropical forest.
- The most diverse family of trees is the legume family – 5,405 species.
How to take part
Here are some ways to spend a great Love a Tree Day.
- Plant a tree.
- Go to a forest or park to enjoy the fresh air.
- Organize a distribution of informational leaflets about the importance and indispensability of trees.
When is Love a Tree Day celebrated in 2024?
Love a Tree Day is observed on May 16 each year.