February 27, 2023
Our monthly blog, edited by Dayenu (climate action and environmental justice) Circle members Chris Wynn and Sharon Smaller, will give you ideas, information, resources, and things you can do to make this world a better place environmentally, tikkun olam. As a community, we can learn from each other, so we welcome your ideas and questions. Please share with us your successes in your endeavors to “go green.”
This month’s Green Maven is inspired by Tu B’Shevat. It’s more important than ever to celebrate and honor our trees. They sequester carbon, produce oxygen, regulate temperature, and prevent erosion. Trees also provide food, shelter, and resources for countless species of animals.
Because trees are just always there, standing silently, we tend to not think about them. They just keep standing there, doing their thing. But their “thing” is pretty important. Trees have sometimes been referred to as the lungs of the world, the kidneys of the world, and the world’s air conditioners.
In addition, did you know that trees can communicate with each other? They can share nutrients, warn each other of danger, and even send chemical signals to attract beneficial insects. Beneath our trees is a complex network of roots and fungi. They can also heal themselves and other trees. If these facts fascinate you, and you’d like to learn more, I highly recommend the book The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben.
If you haven’t had a chance to mark Tu B’Shevat, you can celebrate trees by focusing on the holiday’s environmental themes and use it as an opportunity to learn and appreciate trees’ critical role in your life and in nature.
Below are some ideas which were excerpted from David Suzuki’s latest newsletter, “Living Green Digest.” David Suzuki, a Canadian, is widely recognized as a world leader in sustainable ecology and has received numerous awards for his work, including a United Nations Environmental Program medal.
So, the next time you’re out for a walk, think of breathing out your carbon dioxide which the trees will breathe in. They will then breathe out the oxygen which we need. If we take care of the trees, they will really, really take care of us.