Planet Earth: She’s Alive… Beautiful… Finite… Hurting… Worth Dying for…
The cost of oxygen…
In one day a human being breathes oxygen equivalent to 3 cylinders. In India, each oxygen cylinder on an average costs Rs. 700/-, without subsidy. So, in a day one uses oxygen worth Rs. 2100/- and for a full year it is Rs. 766, 500/-. If we consider an average lifespan of 65 years, the costs of oxygen we use become a staggering sum of Rs. 50 million. All this oxygen is derived free of cost from the surrounding trees. Just one tree throughout its life period of 50 years provides oxygen worth $31,250.
Very few people look at trees as a resource and there is rampant tree cutting going on everywhere which must stop.
It costs 38 Trillion dollars to create OXYGEN for 6 months for all human beings on earth.
Trees do it for FREE.
Four trees around a home may save around 30% of the summer cooling costs whereas 1 million trees may save around $10 million energy costs per year. A healthy and mature tree may provide cooling effect equivalent to air conditioner cooling ten room-size area (20 hours/day, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture).
Forty to fifty trees help in removing approximately 80 pounds of the air pollutants per year.
Respect them and Save them to save life on earth.
The glory and importance of a tree is given in one of the shubhashitani-s (words of wisdom in Sanskrit) given by the ancients.
दशकूपसमा वापी दशवापीसम सरः l
सरोदशसमः पुत्रः दशपुत्रसमस्तरुः ll
Importance of Trees
“A stepped well is equal to ten (small) wells; a lake is equal to ten (stepped) wells; a son is equal to ten lakes (in importance) and a tree is equivalent to ten sons.”
A tree serves selflessly all living beings while alive, without prejudice or discrimination. It gives shade, leaves, flowers, fruits and oxygen to animals, birds and humans — whether saint or sinner. It gives us food and medicine to nourish and cure us. It consumes carbon dioxide, removes toxins from the environment, prevents air pollution, prevents soil erosion and is the source of rain. Even in its death it gives wood to build houses, to make furniture and so on. It is the single most important factor for ecological balance.
There is no one or nothing as selfless as a tree.
We must respect, revere and nurture as many trees as possible during our lifetime for the survival of life on earth.
All industries, especially those with high carbon footprint, should adopt barren lands and start afforestation process as part of their corporate social responsibility.
“God has cared for these trees; saved them from drought, disease, avalanches and a thousand tempests and floods; but he cannot save them from fools.”
– John Muir
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs; but not enough to satisfy even one man’s greed.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
The importance of trees is very effectively conveyed in this post.