In one year, an acre of trees can absorb as much carbon as is produced by a car driven up to 8700 miles (www.treesaregood.com).
One large tree can provide a day’s supply of oxygen for up to four people (www.ncsu.edu).
The shade and wind buffering provided by trees reduces annual heating and cooling costs by 2.1 billion dollars (www.savatree.com).
These are just a few of the many reasons why trees are important for our health and the health of our planet.
The non-profit Save A Million Trees was founded in 2010 with a mission to not only reduce deforestation and rebuild our tree population, but to reduce the enormous waste of all of our natural resources.
For example, one part of the organization’s crusade is to rid America of junk mail. The organization’s website says that 44 percent of junk mail ends up in landfills – most of which isn’t even opened. That is a scary number, as is the estimated 41 pounds of junk mail that is generated per person each year.
Save A Million Trees has set a goal to help 300,000 people stop their 41 pounds of junk mail – the equivalent of saving one million trees. For anyone who has ever almost drowned in a sea of unsolicited flyers, requests and special offers, this movement probably seems like a win-win situation – especially when you consider the estimated 70 hours of time you’d save each year by eliminating the task of sorting and trashing junk mail.
Another Save A Million Trees initiatives involves giving preschools and elementary schools classroom recycling bins as part of their Kids Go Green Campaign. According to the organization, one properly and well-used recycling bin in one classroom saves 27 trees in one school year.
To learn more about Save A Million trees and the non-profits many initiatives, visit save1000000trees.org.