With Earth Day and Arbor Day so close together this month, we are feeling a lot of love for trees right now. They are our planet’s single most valuable natural resource, providing us with clean air to breath, reducing noise pollution, improving our water quality and providing billions of living organisms with food and shelter. They do all that and they look pretty too!
Earth-friendly promotions and education on our need to preserve our trees and forests is imperative all year long but in April the efforts are redoubled, with Earth Day on the 22nd and Arbor Day on the last Friday of the month. It seems like a perfectly appropriate time to be celebrating our planet and its precious forests, as well as making efforts to preserve them, now that spring is fully in bloom.
Are you interested in learning some fun facts about trees and what they are capable of doing in order to help us and our planet thrive? Enjoy our Lets Celebrate Arbor Day Infographic and read on to learn more.
More Facts about Arbor Day and Trees
- The word “arbor” is Latin for “tree”. The holiday was almost called Sylvan Day after another Latin word “silva”, meaning “of the forest”, but it was changed to Arbor Day to incorporate all tree life.
- The first Arbor Day was celebrated on April 10th, 1872 in Nebraska and became a legal holiday on April 22nd (Earth Day), 1885.
- In the U.S. we celebrate Arbor Day by planting and caring for trees.
- A single tree can produce an average of 260 pounds of oxygen per year. This roughly computes to enough clean breathing air to support 2 people per year.
- In addition to producing Oxygen, trees eliminate carbon dioxide. Just one tree can eliminate the same amount of carbon per year that the average car produces during a 26,000 mile drive. This same tree will end up absorbing one ton of carbon dioxide over the course of its entire life span.
- Trees also soak up the greenhouse gases that contribute to ongoing changes in climate patterns which can alter the ecosystems, and eventually endanger the livelihoods, of human beings and animals worldwide.
- Due to an excess of pollution, the average tree in an urban area has a life expectancy of only 8 years. On average a tree living in a healthier environment can live between 40 or 50 years and as many as 5000 years, depending on its species.
- An estimated three hundred million people live in forests worldwide and 1.6 billion depend on them for their livelihoods.
The vital roles that trees and forests play in the wellbeing of our planet and all of its inhabitants and the threat that pollution and deforestation poses to it make educational efforts on both Earth Day and Arbor Day extremely important. If you feel like helping out you can join a local group planting trees for Arbor Day, share this post and infographic, hand out your own earth-friendly promotional items or spread the word about these tree and Arbor Day facts.