The Best Time To Plant A Tree

The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago.

The second best time is today.

Did you know a healthy tree absorbs thirteen pounds of of the greenhouse gas CO2 (carbon dioxide) annually.  And an acre of trees absorb about 27,647 pounds of CO2  That’s almost fourteen tons.

Do this fun exercise.  Look around you and count the trees.  I see 50 trees as I write this from my porch.

Now we’ll figure how much CO2 they take out of the atmosphere in a year.  Don’t worry — we’ll make the math easy.  Instead of 13 pounds we’ll be real conservative with our estimate and say 10 pounds per tree.

Now the math is super easy.  Just add a zero to the end of the number of trees you see.

I see 50 trees.  So I add a zero to the end of 50 and it’s 500.  These trees are absorbing 500 pounds of CO2 per year.  Thats a quarter of a ton (a ton being 2000 pounds).

Pretty neat, eh?

So how many trees did you see, and do you like this neat, ecological awareness trick we came up with together.

Click on the posts title and key in your thoughts in the comment box below.

And plant a tree and help save the planet.

Have a green day – J. Daniel

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