We are faced with the challenge of providing for the needs of a rapidly increasing world population from the diminishing resources of a finite and endangered planet. What is needed is a trend towards compassionate living the vegan way, with the emphasis on the use of trees and their products. (Kathleen Jannaway)
Consequently, trees offer the means to meet the needs of an exploding global population from the finite resources of the planet, maintain water supplies, check floods, soil erosion and desertification and reverse global warming.
Trees can yield everything that humans really need, except the minerals extracted directly from the earth.
Trees can thrive where arable and grain crops would fail to grow.
Wood is the fuel of most of the world’s people.
Burning it in efficient stoves minimizes waste and pollution.
With careful management programmes, wood can provide an indefinitely renewable resource.
If we ceased all animal agriculture, we could free up vast areas of land for tree planting programmes.
In any case a plant-exclusive diet requires less land.
(source: The Movement for Compassionate Living)
(source: Trees Are Good)
Today it is the duty of every thinking being to live, and to serve not only his own day and generation, but also generations unborn by helping to restore and maintain the green glory of the forests of the earth. (Richard St. Barbe Baker)
(source: Tree People)
Trees in urban areas are essential.
They clean the air, provide natural flood defences, mask noise, calm traffic and promote a general sense of wellbeing.
This makes trees among the most important armouries in city living.
It’s estimated that by 2050, 80% of the population will live in cities, and yet we’re planting fewer trees than the number we’re losing.
Accordingly, as the Victorians created a legacy of urban trees for us all to enjoy today, it’s up to us all to safeguard trees for generations to come.
They provide a vast array of benefits for local people, urban communities, and the cityscape.
These include improved physical health and mental well-being.
They also mitigate against the Urban Heat Island effect (UHI), pollution absorption, flood protection, and wildlife habitat.
Urban trees, parks, and open spaces provide many city dwellers with their only recreational space, consequently, they promote community cohesion, contact with nature and they create sensory outdoor learning resources.
(source: Tress For Cities)